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Xing-ju Liu, Dong Zhang, Shuo Wang, Yuan-li Zhao, Mario Teo, Rong Wang, Yong Cao, Xun Ye, Shuai Kang and Ji-Zong Zhao

OBJECT

The aim of this study was to describe the baseline clinical features and long-term outcomes of patients with moyamoya disease (MMD) based on a 25-year period at a single center in China.

METHODS

 Data obtained in 528 consecutive patients with MMD treated at the authors' hospital from 1984 to 2010 were reviewed retrospectively. Events of transient ischemic attack, new infarction, and hemorrhage were included. The Kaplan-Meier risk of stroke was calculated.

RESULTS

 The mean (± SD) patient age was 26 ± 13 years (range 2–67 years), and the female/male ratio was 0.9:1. There were 332 cases of ischemia and 196 hemorrhages. Adults had a higher rate of bleeding than children (50.7% vs 14.0%, respectively; p < 0.001). One hundred twenty-two patients were treated conservatively, and 406 patients underwent revascularization procedures. Of 528 patients, 331 (62.7%) had at least 1 year of follow-up (median 39.5 months) and data from these patients were analyzed. Rebleeding and mortality rates in patients with hemorrhagic MMD (n = 104) were higher than in those with ischemic MMD (n = 227) (26.9% vs 2.2% [p < 0.001] and 4.8% vs 0.4% [p < 0.05], respectively). Twenty-five of 60 (41.7%) conservatively treated patients and 8 of 271 (2.9%) surgically treated patients experienced rebleeding events, a difference that was significant in the Kaplan-Meier curve of rebleeding (p < 0.01). An improvement in perfusion was found in 164 of 224 (73.2%) surgically treated patients 1 month after discharge. However, there was no significant difference in the rate of ischemic events in the surgical and conservative groups (18.8% and 28.3%, respectively; p = 0.09). Among the 104 hemorrhagic cases, rebleeding attacks were observed in 25 patients in the nonsurgical group (n = 60) and 3 patients in the surgical group (n = 44) (41.7% and 6.8%, respectively; OR 9.7 [95% CI 2.7–35.0]; p < 0.01).

CONCLUSIONS

 There was no difference in the sex distribution of Chinese patients with MMD. Patients with hemorrhagic MMD had a much higher rate of rebleeding and poorer prognosis than those with the ischemic type. Surgical revascularization procedures can improve cerebral perfusion and have a positive impact in preventing rebleeding in patients with hemorrhagic MMD.

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Qian Zhang, Yaping Liu, Dong Zhang, Rong Wang, Yan Zhang, Shuo Wang, Lanbing Yu, Chaoxia Lu, Fang Liu, Jian Zhou, Xue Zhang and Jizong Zhao

OBJECTIVE

Moyamoya disease (MMD) is a rare, genetically heterogeneous cerebrovascular disease. The authors conducted a genetic study of really interesting new gene (RING) finger protein 213 (RNF213); actin alpha 2 (ACTA2); BRCA1/BRCA2-containing complex subunit 3 (BRCC3); and guanylate cyclase 1, soluble, alpha 3 (GUCY1A3) as well as a clinical phenotype analysis in Chinese MMD patients to determine whether genetic differences are responsible for the different clinical features that appear in MMD in different ethnicities.

METHODS

A panel was designed to identify disease-causing mutations in MMD genes and those involved in related disorders (RNF213, ACTA2, BRCC3, and GUCY1A3). The panel was used to detect disease-causing mutations in 255 Chinese MMD patients. Genotype and allele frequencies were compared between patients and 300 controls. A mutation segregation analysis was performed in 34 families, and genotype-phenotype correlations were made.

RESULTS

Twenty-seven rare missense variants of RNF213 were identified and were not found in controls. Among them, p.R4810K was identified in 31.4% of patients (80 of 255) with MMD. Significantly higher frequencies of the A allele and G/A genotype of p.R4810K were observed in MMD patients compared with controls (χ2 = 104.166, p < 0.000). Twenty-five rare variants were identified in 10.6% of patients (27 of 255) without p.R4810K variants. Segregation analysis supported an association between MMD and 3 variants. No possible disease-causing mutations were identified in ACTA2, BRCC3, or GUCY1A3. Compared with patients without the rare variants in RNF213, the p.R4810K heterozygous patients were younger at diagnosis (25 vs 29 years old, p = 0.049) and had more familial cases (24% vs 4.4%, p = 0.000), ischemic cases (81.3% vs 67.5%, p = 0.037), and involvement of the posterior cerebral artery (52% vs 32.5%, p = 0.007).

CONCLUSIONS

RNF213 is the major susceptibility gene in Chinese MMD patients. The spectrum of rare variants identified in Chinese MMD patients was diverse. Compared to patients without the rare variants in RNF213, the p.R4810K heterozygous patients exhibited different clinical features.

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Xiaofeng Deng, Faliang Gao, Dong Zhang, Yan Zhang, Rong Wang, Shuo Wang, Yong Cao, Yuanli Zhao, Yuesong Pan, Xingju Liu, Qian Zhang and Jizong Zhao

OBJECTIVE

The optimal surgical modality for moyamoya disease (MMD) remains unclear. The aim of this study was to compare the surgical effects of direct bypass (DB) and indirect bypass (IB) in the treatment of adult ischemic-type MMD.

METHODS

Adult patients with ischemic-type MMD who underwent either DB or IB from 2009 to 2015 were identified retrospectively from a prospective database. Patients lost to follow-up or with a follow-up period less than 12 months were excluded. Recurrent stroke events and modified Rankin Scale (mRS) scores at the last follow-up were compared between the 2 surgical groups after 1:1 propensity score matching.

RESULTS

A total of 220 patients were considered, including 143 patients who underwent DB and 77 patients who underwent IB. After propensity score matching, 70 pairs were obtained. The median follow-up period was 40.5 months (range 14–75 months) in the DB group and 31.5 months (range 14–71 months) in the IB group (p = 0.004). Kaplan-Meier analysis showed that patients who received DB had a longer stroke-free time (mean 72.1 months) compared with patients who received IB (mean 61.0 months) (p = 0.045). Good neurological status (mRS score ≤ 2) was achieved in 64 patients in the DB group (91.4%) and 66 patients in the IB group (94.3%), but there was no significant difference (p = 0.512).

CONCLUSIONS

Although neurological function outcome was not determined by the surgical modality, DB is more effective in preventing recurrent ischemic strokes than IB for adult ischemic-type MMD.

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Xing Wu, Jin Hu, Liangfu Zhou, Ying Mao, Bojie Yang, Liang Gao, Rong Xie, Feng Xu, Dong Zhang, Jun Liu and Jianhong Zhu

Object

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been shown to migrate toward tumors, but their distribution pattern in gliomas has not been completely portrayed. The primary purpose of the study was to assay the tropism capacity of MSCs to gliomas, to delineate the pattern of MSC distribution in gliomas after systemic injection, and to track the migration and incorporation of magnetically labeled MSCs using 1.5-T magnetic resonance (MR) imaging.

Methods

The MSCs from Fischer 344 rats were colabeled with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIO) and enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP). The tropism capacity of MSCs was quantitatively assayed in vitro using the Transwell system. To track the migration of MSCs in vivo, MR imaging was performed both 7 and 14 days after systemic administration of labeled MSCs. After MR imaging, the distribution patterns of MSCs in rats with gliomas were examined using Prussian blue and fluorescence staining.

Results

The in vitro study showed that MSCs possessed significantly greater migratory capacity than fibroblast cells (p < 0.001) and that lysis of F98 glioma cells and cultured F98 cells showed a greater capacity to induce migration of cells than other stimuli (p < 0.05). Seven days after MSC transplantation, the SPIO–EGFP colabeled cells were distributed throughout the tumor, where a well-defined dark hypointense region was represented on gradient echo sequences. After 14 days, most of the colabeled MSCs were found at the border between the tumor and normal parenchyma, which was represented on gradient echo sequences as diluted amorphous dark areas at the edge of the tumors.

Conclusions

This study demonstrated that systemically transplanted MSCs migrate toward gliomas with high specificity in a temporal–spatial pattern, which can be tracked using MR imaging.

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Xiaofeng Deng, Faliang Gao, Dong Zhang, Yan Zhang, Rong Wang, Shuo Wang, Yong Cao, Yuanli Zhao, Yuesong Pan, Xun Ye, Xingju Liu, Qian Zhang, Jia Wang, Ziwen Yang, Meng Zhao and Jizong Zhao

OBJECTIVE

Bypass surgery is the most common treatment for moyamoya disease (MMD), but there is controversy over which surgical modality is best. The objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical outcome of patients with MMD after undergoing different surgical modalities.

METHODS

A series of 696 consecutive MMD patients treated between June 2009 and May 2015 were screened in this prospective cohort study. Patients who did not undergo revascularization surgeries and those who underwent different surgical modalities in bilateral hemispheres were excluded. Finally, 529 patients who were observed for at least 12 months were included: 438 patients underwent unilateral surgery, and 91 patients underwent bilateral surgery. Of these, 241 patients underwent direct bypass (DB); 81, a combined bypass (CB); and 207, an indirect bypass (IB). Three clinical outcomes were evaluated and compared between surgical groups: recurrent stroke events, modified Rankin Scale (mRS) scores, and change in the main symptoms.

RESULTS

The mean follow-up period was 40 months. During the follow-up period, recurrent stroke was observed in 43 patients, including 15 patients with hemorrhage, 26 patients with ischemia (transient ischemic attack in 19 patients and infarction in 7 patients), and 2 patients with both hemorrhage and cerebral infarction. Kaplan-Meier analysis showed that patients who underwent a CB or DB had a longer ischemia-free time than those who underwent IB (p = 0.013); however, there was no significant difference in the hemorrhage-free time between the different surgical modalities (p = 0.534). A good neurological status (mRS score ≤ 2) was achieved in 495 patients (93.6%) and was significantly achieved by more children (98.2%) than adults (92.3%; p = 0.022). Surgical modalities were not significantly associated with outcome neurological status (p = 0.860). Moreover, improvement in symptoms was observed in 449 patients (84.9%) and was also significantly more common in children (93.0%) than in adults (82.7%; p = 0.006). No significant difference was observed between the different surgical modalities (p = 0.548).

CONCLUSIONS

CB and DB are more effective at preventing recurrent ischemic strokes than IB. However, there is no evidence that these 3 surgical modalities demonstrate significant differences in preventing recurrent hemorrhage.