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  • Viranta, Suvi; Mannermaa, Kristiina (2017)
    Development of dental abnormalities due to improper occlusal wear is common among modern domestic horses. This phenomenon often is attributed to jaw conformation. Rostral mandibular hooks may develop in horses with underjet or mandibular prognathism, a condition where the lower jaw protrudes forward, beyond the upper jaw. Less abrasive diet, free of phytoliths and matrix-like plant fibers, also may promote enamel and focal overgrowths of equine dentition. Here we report a rostral mandibular hook in a lower premolar tooth of a medieval horse, found in a spring deposit in Levanluhta, Osthrobothnia, Finland. To our knowledge, this is the first such report from a medieval horse. (C) 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
  • Huhtaniska, Sanna; Korkala, Iikka; Heikka, Tuomas; Björnholm, Lassi; Lehtiniemi, Heli; Hulkko, Anja P.; Moilanen, Jani; Tohka, Jussi; Manjon, Jose; Coupe, Pierrick; Kiviniemi, Vesa; Isohanni, Matti; Koponen, Hannu; Murray, Graham K.; Miettunen, Jouko; Jääskeläinen, Erika (2018)
    The aim of this paper was to investigate differences in brain structure volumes between schizophrenia and affective psychoses, and whether cumulative lifetime antipsychotic or benzodiazepine doses relate to brain morphology in these groups. We conducted two systematic reviews on the topic and investigated 44 schizophrenia cases and 19 with affective psychoses from the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966. The association between lifetime antipsychotic and benzodiazepine dose and brain MRI scans at the age of 43 was investigated using linear regression. Intracranial volume, sex, illness severity, and antipsychotic/benzodiazepine doses were used as covariates. There were no differences between the groups in brain structure volumes. In schizophrenia, after adjusting for benzodiazepine dose and symptoms, a negative association between lifetime antipsychotic dose and the nucleus accumbens volume remained. In affective psychoses, higher lifetime benzodiazepine dose associated with larger volumes of total gray matter and hippocampal volume after controlling for antipsychotic use and symptoms. It seems that in addition to antipsychotics, the severity of symptoms and benzodiazepine dose are also associated with brain structure volumes. These results suggest, that benzodiazepine effects should also be investigated also independently and not only as a confounder.
  • Jarvinen, Jyri; Karppinen, Jaro; Niinimaki, Jaakko; Haapea, Marianne; Gronblad, Mats; Luoma, Katariina; Rinne, Eeva (2015)
    Background: The association of Modic changes (MC) with low back pain (LBP) is unclear. The purpose of our study was to investigate the associations between the extent of Type 1 (M1) and Type 2 (M2) MC and low back symptoms over a two-year period. Methods: The subjects (n = 64, mean age 43.8 y; 55 [86%] women) were consecutive chronic LBP patients who had M1 or mixed M1/M2 on lumbar spine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Size and type of MC on sagittal lumbar MRI and clinical data regarding low back symptoms were recorded at baseline and two-year follow-up. The size (%) of each MC in relation to vertebral size was estimated from sagittal slices (midsagittal and left and right quarter), while proportions of M1 and M2 within the MC were evaluated from three separate slices covering the MC. The extent (%) of M1 and M2 was calculated as a product of the size of MC and the proportions of M1 and M2 within the MC, respectively. Changes in the extent of M1 and M2 were analysed for associations with changes in LBP intensity and the Oswestry disability index (ODI), using linear regression analysis. Results: At baseline, the mean LBP intensity was 6.5 and the mean ODI was 33%. During follow-up, LBP intensity increased in 15 patients and decreased in 41, while ODI increased in 19 patients and decreased in 44. In univariate analyses, change in the extent of M1 associated significantly positively with changes in LBP intensity and ODI (beta 0.26, p = 0.036 and beta 0.30, p = 0.017; respectively), whereas the change in the extent of M2 did not associate with changes in LBP intensity and ODI (beta -0.24, p = 0.054 and beta -0.13, p = 0.306; respectively). After adjustment for age, gender, and size of MC at baseline, change in the extent of M1 remained significantly positively associated with change in ODI (beta 0.53, p = 0.003). Conclusion: Change in the extent of M1 associated positively with changes in low back symptoms.
  • Filppu, Pauliina; Ramanathan, Jayendrakishore Tanjore; Granberg, Kirsi J.; Gucciardo, Erika; Haapasalo, Hannu; Lehti, Kaisa; Nykter, Matti; Le Joncour, Vadim; Laakkonen, Pirjo (2021)
    Glioma stem cells (GSCs) drive propagation and therapeutic resistance of glioblastomas, the most aggressive diffuse brain tumors. However, the molecular mechanisms that maintain the stemness and promote therapy resistance remain poorly understood. Here we report CD109/STAT3 axis as crucial for the maintenance of stemness and tumorigenicity of GSCs and as a mediator of chemoresistance. Mechanistically, CD109 physically interacts with glycoprotein 130 to promote activation of the IL-6/STAT3 pathway in GSCs. Genetic depletion of CD109 abolished the stemness and self-renewal of GSCs and impaired tumorigenicity. Loss of stemness was accompanied with a phenotypic shift of GSCs to more differentiated astrocytic-like cells. Importantly, genetic or pharmacologic targeting of CD109/STAT3 axis sensitized the GSCs to chemotherapy, suggesting that targeting CD109/STAT3 axis has potential to overcome therapy resistance in glioblastoma.
  • Tran, Quoc Ty; Jatsenko, Tatjana; Poolamets, Olev; Tsuiko, Olga; Lubenets, Dmitri; Reimand, Tiia; Punab, Margus; Peters, Maire; Salumets, Andres (2019)
    PurposeThe purpose of this study was to develop a feasible approach for single sperm isolation and chromosome analysis by next-generation sequencing (NGS).MethodsSingle sperm cells were isolated from semen samples of normozoospermic male and an infertile reciprocal translocation (RcT) carrier with the 46,XY,t(7;13)(p12;q12.1) karyotype using the optimized fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) technique. Genome profiling was performed using NGS.ResultsFollowing whole-genome amplification, NGS,and quality control, the final chromosome analysis was performed on 31 and 6 single cell samples derived from the RcT carrier and normozoospermic male, respectively. All sperm cells from normozoospermic male showed a normal haploid 23-chromosome profile. For the RcT carrier, the sequencing data revealed that 64.5% of sperm cells harbored different variants of chromosome aberrations, involving deletion of 7p or 7q, duplication of 7p, and duplication of 13q, which is concordant with the expected chromosome segregation patterns observed in balanced translocation carriers. In one sample, a duplication of 9q was also detected.ConclusionsWe optimized FACS protocol for simple and efficient isolation of single human sperm cells that subsequently enabled a successful genome-wide chromosome profiling and identification of segmental aneuploidies from these individual cells, following NGS analysis. This approach may be useful for analyzing semen samples of infertile men or chromosomal aberration carriers to facilitate the reproductive risk assessment.
  • Lundin, Catarina; Forestier, Erik; Andersen, Mette Klarskov; Autio, Kirsi; Barbany, Gisela; Cavelier, Lucia; Golovleva, Irina; Heim, Sverre; Heinonen, Kristiina; Hovland, Randi; Johannsson, Johann H.; Kjeldsen, Eigil; Nordgren, Ann; Palmqvist, Lars; Johansson, Bertil; Nordic Soc Pediat Hematology Oncol; Swedish Cytogenetic Leukemia Study; NOPHO Leukemia Cytogenetic Study G (2014)
  • Toresson, L.; Steiner, J. M.; Razdan, P.; Spodsberg, E.; Olmedal, G.; Suchodolski, J. S.; Spillmann, T. (2018)
    The aim of this study was to compare the efficacies of parenteral and oral cobalamin supplementation protocols in dogs with chronic enteropathies and low cobalamin concentrations. It was hypothesised that both treatments would increase serum cobalamin concentrations significantly. Fifty-three dogs with chronic enteropathies and serum cobalamin concentrations <285 ng/L (reference interval 244-959 ng/L) were enrolled. Dogs were randomised to treatment with either daily oral cobalamin tablets (0.25-1.0 mg cyanocobalamin daily according to body weight) or parenteral cobalamin (0.4-1.2 mg hydroxycobalamin according to body weight). Serum cobalamin concentrations were analysed 28 +/- 5 days and 90 +/- 15 days after initiation of supplementation. After 28 days, all dogs had serum cobalamin concentrations within the reference interval or above. In the parenteral group (n = 26), median (range) cobalamin concentrations were 228 (150-285) ng/L at inclusion, 2107 (725-10,009) ng/L after 28 days and 877 (188-1267) ng/L after 90 days. In the oral group (n = 27), median (range) serum cobalamin concentrations were 245 (150-285) ng/L at inclusion, 975 (564-2385) ng/L after 28 days and 1244 (738-4999) ng/L after 90 days. In both groups, there were significant differences in serum cobalamin concentrations between baseline and 28 days, and between 28 days and 90 days (P <0.001). In conclusion, both parenteral and oral cobalamin supplementation effectively increase serum cobalamin concentrations in dogs with chronic enteropathies and low cobalamin concentrations. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Saat, R.; Mahmood, G.; Laulajainen-Hongisto, A.; Lempinen, Laura; Aarnisalo, A. A.; Jero, J.; Markkola, Antti Thor Olavi (2016)
    To compare MR imaging features in patients with incidental mastoid T2-hyperintensity with those of clinical acute mastoiditis, to ascertain characteristic differences between them. MR images of 35 adult and paediatric patients with clinical acute mastoiditis and 34 consecutive age-matched controls without relevant middle ear pathology and with incidental T2-hyperintensity that covered >= 50 % of the mastoid were retrospectively analysed with regard to signal, diffusion, and enhancement characteristics, and presence of complications. Incidental mastoid T2-hyperintensity that covered >= 50 % of the mastoid volume was found in 4.6 % of reviewed MR scans (n = 2341), and associated significantly (p <0.05) less with the involvement of the tympanic cavity (38 % vs. 74 %) and mastoid antrum (56 % vs. 80 %), hypointense-to-CSF signal intensity on T2 FSE (6 % vs. 86 %), intramastoid diffusion restriction (0 % vs. 62 %), intense intramastoid enhancement (0 % vs. 51 %), periosteal enhancement (3 % vs. 69 %), perimastoid dural enhancement 3 % vs. 43 %), bone destruction (0 % vs 49 %), intratemporal abscess or cholesteatoma (0 % vs. 24 %), labyrinth involvement (0 % vs. 14 %), and extracranial abscesses (0 % vs. 20 %). Hypointense-to-CSF signal intensity on T2WI, restricted diffusion, intense intramastoid enhancement among other MR imaging characteristics favoured an acute mastoiditis diagnosis over clinically non-relevant incidental mastoid pathology. Intramastoid T2-hyperintensity alone is not a reliable sign for acute mastoiditis. In acute mastoiditis, intramastoid T2-weighted signal intensity is usually hypointense to CSF. Diffusion restriction and intense intramastoid enhancement are absent in incidental mastoid effusion. An ADC value >= 1.72 x 10 (-3) mm (2) /s contradicts the AM diagnosis.
  • Hotta, Jaakko; Zhou, Guangyu; Harno, Hanna; Forss, Nina; Hari, Riitta (2017)
    Introduction: Many central pathophysiological aspects of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) are still unknown. Although brain-imaging studies are increasingly supporting the contribution of the central nervous system to the generation and maintenance of the CRPS pain, the brain's white-matter alterations are seldom investigated. Methods: In this study, we used diffusion tensor imaging to explore white-matter changes in twelve CRPS-type-1 female patients suffering from chronic right upper-limb pain compared with twelve healthy control subjects. Results: Tract-based spatial-statistics analysis revealed significantly higher mean diffusivity, axial diffusivity, and radial diffusivity in the CRPS patients, suggesting that the structural connectivity is altered in CRPS. All these measures were altered in the genu, body, and splenium of corpus callosum, as well as in the left anterior and posterior and the right superior parts of the corona radiata. Axial diffusivity was significantly correlated with clinical motor symptoms at whole-brain level, supporting the physiological significance of the observed white-matter abnormalities. Conclusions: Altogether, our findings further corroborate the involvement of the central nervous system in CRPS.
  • Leppävirta, Jussi; Kallionpaa, Roope A.; Uusitalo, Elina; Vahlberg, Tero; Pöyhönen, Minna; Peltonen, Juha; Peltonen, Sirkku (2018)
    Background: Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a dominantly inherited Rasopathy caused by mutations in the NF1 gene on chromosome 17. NF1 has been connected to congenital anomalies, e.g., in the skeletal and cardiovascular systems, but the overall incidence of anomalies is unknown. In this retrospective register-based total population study conducted in Finland, the congenital anomalies in NF1 were evaluated. Methods: One thousand four hundred ten patients with NF1 were identified by searching the medical records related to inpatient and outpatient hospital visits of patients with an associated diagnosis for NF1 in 1987-2011. Each diagnosis was confirmed by a thorough review of the medical records. Ten non-NF1 control persons per NF1 patient were collected from the Population Register Centre. NF1 patients and controls were linked to the Medical Birth Register and the Register of Congenital Malformations. Odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CI) for major congenital anomalies (MCA) were calculated. Results: The OR for at least one MCA among NF1 children was almost threefold (adjusted OR 2.78, 95% CI 1.71-4.54) compared to controls matched for age, sex and municipality. NF1 children had a significantly increased risk of congenital anomalies in the circulatory (adjusted OR 3.35, 95% CI 1.64-6.83), urinary (adjusted OR 4.26, 95% CI 1.36-13.35) and musculoskeletal (adjusted OR 2.77, 95% CI 1.09-7.02) systems. Also, anomalies of the eye, ear, head and neck were more common among NF1 children than controls (adjusted OR 4.66, 95% CI 1.42-15.31). Non-NF1 children of mothers with NF1 did not have more anomalies than controls (adjusted OR 0.53, 95% CI 0.13-2.21). Conclusions: Children with NF1 have more MCAs than controls and close follow-up during pregnancy and the neonatal period is required if the mother or father has NF1. Non-NF1 children of mothers with NF1 do not have an increased risk for anomalies.
  • Kallankari, Hanna; Saunavaara, Virva; Parkkola, Riitta; Haataja, Leena; Hallman, Mikko; Kaukola, Tuula (2021)
    Background Very preterm birth can disturb brain maturation and subject these high-risk children to neurocognitive difficulties later. Objective The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of prematurity on microstructure of frontostriatal tracts in children with no severe neurologic impairment, and to study whether the diffusion tensor imaging metrics of frontostriatal tracts correlate to executive functioning. Materials and methods The prospective cohort study comprised 54 very preterm children (mean gestational age 28.8 weeks) and 20 age- and gender-matched term children. None of the children had severe neurologic impairment. The children underwent diffusion tensor imaging and neuropsychological assessments at a mean age of 9 years. We measured quantitative diffusion tensor imaging metrics of frontostriatal tracts using probabilistic tractography. We also administered five subtests from the Developmental Neuropsychological Assessment, Second Edition, to evaluate executive functioning. Results Very preterm children had significantly higher fractional anisotropy and axial diffusivity values (P
  • the PIPARI Study Group; Lahti, Katri; Saunavaara, Virva; Munck, Petriina; Uusitalo, Karoliina; Koivisto, Mari; Parkkola, Riitta; Haataja, Leena (2020)
    Abstract Aim Very preterm children born less than 32 weeks of gestation are at risk for motor difficulties such as cerebral palsy and developmental coordination disorder. This study explores the association between diffusion tensor imaging metrics at term and motor outcomes at 11 years of age. Methods A cohort of 37 very preterm infants (mean gestational age 29 4/7, SD 2 0/7) born in 2004-2006 in Turku University Hospital underwent diffusion tensor imaging at term. A region-of-interest analysis of fractional anisotropy and mean diffusivity was performed. Motor outcomes at 11 years of age were measured with the Movement Assessment Battery for Children ? Second Edition. Results The diffusion metrics of the corpus callosum (genu p=0.005, splenium p=0.049), the left corona radiata (p=0.035) and the right optic radiation (p=0.017) were related to later motor performance. Mean diffusivity decreased and fractional anisotropy increased in proportion to the improving performance. Conclusion The diffusion metrics of the genu and splenium of the corpus callosum, the left corona radiata and the right optic radiation at term were associated with motor skills at 11 years of age. Diffusion tensor imaging should be further studied as a potential tool in recognising children at risk for motor impairment.
  • Ding, Xiaolei; Willenborg, Sebastian; Bloch, Wilhelm; Wickström, Sara A.; Wagle, Prerana; Brodesser, Susanne; Roers, Axel; Jais, Alexander; Bruening, Jens C.; Hall, Michael N.; Rueegg, Markus A.; Eming, Sabine A. (2020)
    Background: Perturbation of epidermal barrier formation will profoundly compromise overall skin function, leading to a dry and scaly, ichthyosis-like skin phenotype that is the hallmark of a broad range of skin diseases, including ichthyosis, atopic dermatitis, and a multitude of clinical eczema variants. An overarching molecular mechanism that orchestrates the multitude of factors controlling epidermal barrier formation and homeostasis remains to be elucidated. Objective: Here we highlight a specific role of mammalian target of rapamycin complex 2 (mTORC2) signaling in epidermal barrier formation. Methods: Epidermal mTORC2 signaling was specifically disrupted by deleting rapamycin-insensitive companion of target of rapamycin (Rictor), encoding an essential subunit of mTORC2 in mouse epidermis (epidermis-specific homozygous Rictor deletion [Ric(EKO)] mice). Epidermal structure and barrier function were investigated through a combination of gene expression, biochemical, morphological and functional analysis in Ric(EKO) and control mice. Results: Ric(EKO) newborns displayed an ichthyosis-like phenotype characterized by dysregulated epidermal de novo lipid synthesis, altered lipid lamellae structure, and aberrant filaggrin (FLG) processing. Despite a compensatory transcriptional epidermal repair response, the protective epidermal function was impaired in Ric(EKO) mice, as revealed by increased transepidermal water loss, enhanced corneocyte fragility, decreased dendritic epidermal T cells, and an exaggerated percutaneous immune response. Restoration of Akt-Ser473 phosphorylation in mTORC2-deficient keratinocytes through expression of constitutive Akt rescued FLG processing. Conclusion: Our findings reveal a critical metabolic signaling relay of barrier formation in which epidermal mTORC2 activity controls FLG processing and de novo epidermal lipid synthesis during cornification. Our findings provide novel mechanistic insights into epidermal barrier formation and could open up new therapeutic opportunities to restore defective epidermal barrier conditions.
  • Eising, Else; Huisman, Sjoerd M. H.; Mahfouz, Ahmed; Vijfhuizen, Lisanne S.; Anttila, Verneri; Winsvold, Bendik S.; Kurth, Tobias; Ikram, M. Arfan; Freilinger, Tobias; Kaprio, Jaakko; Boomsma, Dorret I.; van Duijn, Cornelia M.; Jarvelin, Marjo-Riitta R.; Zwart, John-Anker; Quaye, Lydia; Strachan, David P.; Kubisch, Christian; Dichgans, Martin; Smith, George Davey; Stefansson, Kari; Palotie, Aarno; Chasman, Daniel I.; Ferrari, Michel D.; Terwindt, Gisela M.; de Vries, Boukje; Nyholt, Dale R.; Lelieveldt, Boudewijn P. F.; van den Maagdenberg, Arn M. J. M.; Reinders, Marcel J. T. (2016)
    Migraine is a common disabling neurovascular brain disorder typically characterised by attacks of severe headache and associated with autonomic and neurological symptoms. Migraine is caused by an interplay of genetic and environmental factors. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified over a dozen genetic loci associated with migraine. Here, we integrated migraine GWAS data with high-resolution spatial gene expression data of normal adult brains from the Allen Human Brain Atlas to identify specific brain regions and molecular pathways that are possibly involved in migraine pathophysiology. To this end, we used two complementary methods. In GWAS data from 23,285 migraine cases and 95,425 controls, we first studied modules of co-expressed genes that were calculated based on human brain expression data for enrichment of genes that showed association with migraine. Enrichment of a migraine GWAS signal was found for five modules that suggest involvement in migraine pathophysiology of: (i) neurotransmission, protein catabolism and mitochondria in the cortex; (ii) transcription regulation in the cortex and cerebellum; and (iii) oligodendrocytes and mitochondria in subcortical areas. Second, we used the high-confidence genes from the migraine GWAS as a basis to construct local migraine-related co-expression gene networks. Signatures of all brain regions and pathways that were prominent in the first method also surfaced in the second method, thus providing support that these brain regions and pathways are indeed involved in migraine pathophysiology.
  • Rantala, Elina S.; Peltola, Erno; Helminen, Hanne; Hernberg, Micaela; Kivelä, Tero T. (2020)
    Purpose To evaluate the consistency of hepatic ultrasonography (US) with staging computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to analyze why US was inconsistent with CT/MRI, and to compare CT/MRI. DESIGN Reliability analysis. METHODS Two hundred fifteen patients whose primary uveal melanoma was managed in the Helsinki University Hospital and who were diagnosed with hepatic metastases by US within 60 days of staging CT/MRI from January 1999 to December 2016, were included. Patients attended a real-life follow-up schedule including hepatic US, liver function tests (LFT), and a confirmatory CT/MRI. We evaluated the consistency of US with staging CT/MRI regarding the presence and number of metastases. RESULTS The enrolled patients underwent 215 US, 167 CT, and 69 MRI examinations, and 67% of them had biopsy-confirmed metastases. Screening was regular for 98% of the patients, and 66% were asymptomatic. US was fully consistent with CT/MRI in detecting metastases in 113 (53%) patients, in 63 (29%) CT/MRI showed more metastases, and in 16 (7%) less metastases than US. CT/MRI was inconsistent with US in 23 (11%) patients. The sensitivity of US in detecting metastases was 96% (95% confidence interval, 92-98). US failed to suggest metastases in 10 patients. LFT were abnormal in six of them, and a newly-detected hepatic lesion was present by US in four. CONCLUSIONS Hepatic US is a sensitive screening modality in detecting metastases in patients with primary uveal melanoma, if combined with LFT and in case of any new detected lesion, a confirmatory MRI.
  • ALICCS Study Grp; Clausen, Camilla T.; Hasle, Henrik; Holmqvist, Anna S.; Madanat-Harjuoja, Laura; Tryggvadottir, Laufey; Wesenberg, Finn; Bautz, Andrea; Winther, Jeanette F.; Licht, Sofie de Fine (2019)
    Background: Hyperthyroidism is a rare disorder which may negatively affect health and quality of life. Its occurrence in childhood cancer survivors has not previously been investigated in detail. Material and methods: In the hospital registers of the five Nordic countries, 32,944 childhood cancer survivors and 212,675 population comparisons were followed for the diagnosis of hyperthyroidism. Hospitalisation rates, standardised hospitalisation rate ratios and absolute excess risks were calculated with 95% confidence intervals (CI). Results: Hyperthyroidism was diagnosed in 131 childhood cancer survivors, yielding an overall relative risk of 1.6 (95% CI: 1.3-1.9) compared with population comparisons. The risk was greatest 1-5 years after the diagnosis of cancer and in survivors of thyroid cancers, neuroblastomas, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and Hodgkin lymphoma. Sixty-seven percent of survivors with hyperthyroidism had tumours located in the head, neck or upper body and half of survivors with hyperthyroidism were irradiated with 77% of them in the head and neck area. Conclusion: Childhood cancer survivors are at an increased risk of hyperthyroidism, potentially resulting in non-endocrine morbidity.
  • Utami, Kagistia Hana; Skotte, Nils H.; Colaco, Ana R.; Yusof, Nur Amirah Binte Mohammad; Sim, Bernice; Yeo, Xin Yi; Bae, Han-Gye; Garcia-Miralles, Marta; Radulescu, Carola I.; Chen, Qiyu; Chaldaiopoulou, Georgia; Liany, Herty; Nama, Srikanth; Peteri, Ulla-Kaisa A.; Sampath, Prabha; Castrén, Maija; Jung, Sangyong; Mann, Matthias; Pouladi, Mahmoud (2020)
    BACKGROUND: Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by epigenetic silencing of FMR1 and loss of FMRP expression. Efforts to understand the molecular underpinnings of the disease have been largely performed in rodent or nonisogenic settings. A detailed examination of the impact of FMRP loss on cellular processes and neuronal properties in the context of isogenic human neurons remains lacking. METHODS: Using CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats)/Cas9 to introduce indels in exon 3 of FMR1, we generated an isogenic human pluripotent stem cell model of FXS that shows complete loss of FMRP expression. We generated neuronal cultures and performed genome-wide transcriptome and proteome profiling followed by functional validation of key dysregulated processes. We further analyzed neurodevelopmental and neuronal properties, including neurite length and neuronal activity, using multielectrode arrays and patch clamp electrophysiology. RESULTS: We showed that the transcriptome and proteome profiles of isogenic FMRP-deficient neurons demonstrate perturbations in synaptic transmission, neuron differentiation, cell proliferation and ion transmembrane transporter activity pathways, and autism spectrum disorder-associated gene sets. We uncovered key deficits in FMRP-deficient cells demonstrating abnormal neural rosette formation and neural progenitor cell proliferation. We further showed that FMRP-deficient neurons exhibit a number of additional phenotypic abnormalities, including neurite outgrowth and branching deficits and impaired electrophysiological network activity. These FMRP-deficient related impairments have also been validated in additional FXS patient-derived human-induced pluripotent stem cell neural cells. CONCLUSIONS: Using isogenic human pluripotent stem cells as a model to investigate the pathophysiology of FXS in human neurons, we reveal key neural abnormalities arising from the loss of FMRP.
  • Tiihonen, Jari; Koskuvi, Marja; Lähteenvuo, Markku; Trontti, Kalevi; Ojansuu, Ilkka; Vaurio, Olli; Cannon, D. Tyrone; Lönnqvist, Jouko; Therman, Sebastian; Suvisaari, Jaana; Cheng, Lesley; Tanskanen, Antti; Taipale, Heidi; Lehtonen, Sarka; Koistinaho, Jari (2021)
    The molecular pathophysiological mechanisms underlying schizophrenia have remained unknown, and no treatment exists for primary prevention. We used Ingenuity Pathway Analysis to analyze canonical and causal pathways in two different datasets, including patients from Finland and USA. The most significant findings in canonical pathway analysis were observed for glutamate receptor signaling, hepatic fibrosis, and glycoprotein 6 (GP6) pathways in the Finnish dataset, and GP6 and hepatic fibrosis pathways in the US dataset. In data-driven causal pathways, ADCYAP1, ADAMTS. and CACNA genes were involved in the majority of the top 10 pathways differentiating patients and controls in both Finnish and US datasets. Results from a Finnish nation-wide database showed that the risk of schizophrenia relapse was 41% lower among first-episode patients during the use of losartan, the master regulator of an ADCYAP1, ADAM'S, and CACNA -related pathway, compared to those time periods when the same individual did not use the drug. The results from the two independent datasets suggest that the GP6 signaling pathway, and the ADCYAPI, ADAATTS, and CACNA-related purine, oxidative stress, and glutamatergic signaling pathways are among primary pathophysiological alterations in schizophrenia among patients with European ancestry. While no reproducible dopaminergic alterations were observed, the results imply that agents such as losartan, and ADCYAP1/PACAP -deficit alleviators, such as metabotropic glutamate 2/3 agonise MGS0028 and 5-HT7 antagonists-which have shown beneficial effects in an experimental Adcyapl(-/-) mouse model for schizophrenia - could be potential treatments even before the full manifestation of illness involving dopaminergic abnormalities. (C) 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.
  • Nikolakaros, Georgios; Ilonen, Tuula; Kurki, Timo; Paju, Janina; Papageorgiou, Sokratis G.; Vataja, Risto (2016)
    Wernicke's encephalopathy is often undiagnosed, particularly in non-alcoholics. There are very few reports of non-alcoholic patients diagnosed with Korsakoff syndrome in the absence of a prior diagnosis of Wernicke's encephalopathy and no studies of diffusion tensor imaging in non-alcoholic Korsakoff syndrome. We report on three non-alcoholic psychiatric patients (all women) with long-term non-progressive memory impairment that developed after malnutrition accompanied by at least one of the three Wemicke's encephalopathy manifestations: ocular abnormalities, ataxia or unsteadiness, and an altered mental state or mild memory impairment. In neuropsychological examination, all patients had memory impairment, including intrusions. One patient had mild cerebellar vermis atrophy in MRI taken after the second episode of Wemicke's encephalopathy. The same patient had mild hypometabolism in the lateral cortex of the temporal lobes. Another patient had mild symmetrical atrophy and hypometabolism of the superior frontal lobes. Two patients were examined with diffusion tensor imaging. Reduced fractional anisotropy values were found in the corona radiata in two patients, and the uncinate fasciculus and the inferior longitudinal fasciculus in one patient. Our results suggest that non-alcoholic Korsakoff syndrome is underdiagnosed. Psychiatric patients with long-term memory impairment may have Korsakoff syndrome and, therefore, they should be evaluated for a history of previously undiagnosed Wernicke's encephalopathy. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.