Inherited rippling muscle disease is an autosomal dominant disorder usually associated with caveolin-3 mutations. Rare cases of acquired rippling muscle disease with abnormal caveolin-3 localisation have been reported, without primary caveolin-3 mutations and in association with myasthenia gravis and acetylcholine receptor autoantibodies, or thymoma. We present three new patients with electrically-silent muscle rippling and abnormal caveolin-3 localisation, but without acetylcholine receptor autoantibodies, or clinical or electrophysiological evidence of myasthenia gravis. An autoimmune basis for rippling muscle disease is supported by spontaneous recovery and normalisation of caveolin-3 staining in one patient and alleviation of symptoms in response to plasmapheresis and immunosuppression in another. These patients expand the autoimmune rippling muscle disease phenotype, and suggest that autoantibodies to additional unidentified muscle proteins result in autoimmune rippling muscle disease.
"The intrafusal muscle fibres showed cav-3 staining similar to that of the extrafusal fibres. In contrast to most of the literature published (Gossrau, 1998; Lo et al. 2011) the staining was not always restricted to the sarcolemmal region but showed immunoreactivity over the entire cytoplasm. This was also described for the heart muscle, and was patchy regardless of postmortem time or fixation (Volonte et al. 2008). "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of the present study was to demonstrate the location of the different members of the caveolin (cav) family in human muscle spindles. Twenty spindles of three human muscles (vastus medialis, ischiocavernosus, bulbospongiosus) from 12 cadavers were immunohistochemically stained for cav-1, cav-2, and cav-3, and the equatorial and polar regions evaluated. All layers of the outer and inner spindle capsule and all blood vessels within the spindle stained for cav-1 and cav-2. In the muscle spindle, intrafusal muscle fibres stained selectively for cav-3, but with a patchy appearance. Caveolinopathies may therefore also include changes in muscle spindle function.
Journal of Anatomy 03/2014; 224(6). DOI:10.1111/joa.12173 · 2.10 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Rippling muscle disease (RMD) is a rare disorder of muscle hyperexcitability clinically characterized by painful muscle stiffness, rippling phenomenon, percussion-induced muscle mounding, and rapid contraction. RMD is typically considered to be electrically silent, but electrical activity during the muscle rippling has been occasionally described. RMD could be genetically determined or immune-mediated (iRMD). The association between cancer and iRMD is extremely rare.
We present here a patient with electrically active iRMD preceding the diagnosis of breast cancer. The patient had acetylcholine receptor binding antibodies but no clinical or electrophysiological signs of myasthenia. Muscle biopsy revealed inflammatory changes and a mosaic distribution of sarcolemmal caveolin-3 deficiency. Sequencing of caveolin-3 gene detected no mutation. Immunotherapy led to the resolution of the RMD and disappearance of the serum acetylcholine receptor antibodies.
The abnormal electrical activity in this patient suggests that an acquired neuromuscular hyperexcitability syndrome represents a continuum of disorders. The close temporal relationship between the onset of iRMD and the diagnosis of breast cancer raises the possibility that iRMD might be paraneoplastic.
The Neurologist 05/2012; 18(3):155-8. DOI:10.1097/NRL.0b013e318251e70f · 1.16 Impact Factor
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