Leukodystrophies

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Leukoencephalopathy with thalamus and brainstem involvement and high lactate (or LTBL)

Leukoencephalopathy with thalamus and brainstem involvement and high lactate (or LTBL) is an extremely rare genetic disorder in the family of leukodystrophies. Its prevalence is less than one in 1,000,000. It is one of the hypomyelinating leukodystrophies, those white matter pathologies characterised by a permanent deficit of myelin in the brain.

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VWM disease What's behind CACH syndrome?

Article reviewed by Prof. Nicole Wolf

CACH syndrome stands for Childhood Ataxia with Central Nervous System Hypomyelination. Today, the name leukoencephalopathy with vanishing white matter (VWM) is preferred. It is a genetic disease of the leukodystrophy family and it is one of the most common leukodystrophies, with a prevalence of about 1 in 80,000. It is one of the hypomyelinating leukodystrophies secondary to astrocyte damage. VWM disease displays a progressive degradation of the white matter in the brain.

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Krabbe disease or globoid cell leukodystrophy

Krabbe disease is a rare hereditary disease that affects the white matter of the central (brain and spinal cord) and peripheral (nerves of the lower and upper limbs) nervous systems.

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Better understanding of Metachromatic Leukodystrophy

Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) is a member of the lysosomal leukodystrophy family. It's a rare autosomal recessive genetic disorder. Its frequency is 1 per 45,000 births. It can begin in childhood, adolescence or adulthood and leads to severe neurological dysfunction affecting motor and cognitive functions that can lead to death.

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Adrenoleukodystrophy

X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a worldwide genetic disease, rare and serious, of the family of leukodystrophies. Its incidence of 1 for 17 000 births makes it, however, the most common type of leukodystrophy. It is a metabolic disease which affect the brain, the bone marrow and peripheral nerves, but also the adrenal (and the testis) as part of its name « adreno- » refers to.

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Anticipatory Guidance in Aicardi Goutieres Syndrome (AGS)

From: Dr. Adeline Vanderver
Program Director of the Leucodystrophy Center of Excellence
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19104 – USA

Aicardi Goutieres Syndrome (AGS) is a genetically heterogeneous disorder that can be caused by mutations in a series of genes with a final endpoint of upregulation of the IFN pathway and the innate immune system.

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Bone marrow transplant and gene therapy as treatments for leukodystrophies

In this article we will first describe the procedures of bone marrow transplant and gene therapy, before describing the applications and results obtained in leukodystrophies.

News

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Opening of the ORCHARD-MLD study

ORCHARD-MLD

Thank you for your interest in participating in the study entitled "Exploring the Burden of Disease and Quality of Life in people with Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) in the United States and Europe: A Descriptive Study".  This study is an international research programme that is being offered to the United States and some countries in Europe, including France. It is offered to parents of children with MLD or relatives of sick children to better understand the impact of the disease on patients and their families beyond the direct medical implications that it causes.

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Leuconnect development

Leuconnect is a platform created at the initiative of ELA families to enable leukodystrophy patients and their parents to form a virtual, voluntary cohort to advance leukodystrophy research by participating in clinical studies.

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Tutorial videos to better use Leuconnect

New things on Leuconnect !
With the support of Fondation Roche, ELA created tutorial videos to help you with your registration on the website and with its use. Four videos are provided to help you navigate the platform.

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Leuconnect to participate in clinical trials.

As a member of the Leuconnect e-cohort, you can easily access clinical trials and play a key role in research.
Accelerating research in the field of leukodystrophy is one of the major challenges facing the ELA association and the main objective of Leuconnect. Leuconnect supports the implementation of clinical trials by facilitating patient recruitment and providing access to open clinical trials on the platform. The patients registered in the cohort form a community that is available and motivated to participate in online studies.

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Let's accelerate research together. Register on LEUCONNECT!

Because leukodystrophies are rare diseases, too few patients are involved in research for these diseases although they have often acquired a great knowledge of their pathology. For this, ELA France and ELA International have created LEUCONNECT, a platform to support clinical research.

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Communicate with LEUCONNECT

Communicate with LEUCONNECT
In the previous issue of ELA info magazine, you discovered how to register to LEUCONNECT and participate in the e-cohort of patients. As a member of LEUCONNECT e-cohort, you can now communicate with other families concerned by leukodystrophies. With them, you are a community.
In this issue, you will learn how to communicate with LEUCONNECT.

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Complete your "patient file" on Leuconnect

In the previous issues of ELA Info, you have seen how to register to Leuconnect e-cohort and how to communicate using the secure messaging tool. Today, you will discover how to fill in your "patient record". It gathers a set of information concerning your pathology, its situation, its evolution. It allows you to monitor your disease.

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Welcome on Leuconnect!

ELA France and ELA International are launching Leuconnect, an online platform dedicated to help clinical research by facilitating recruitment of patients into studies and clinical trials, to help the acceleration of research on leukodystrophies in France and worldwide.