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"Primary progressive aphasia"

Claire M O'Connor, Lindy Clemson, Emma Flanagan, Cassandra Kaizik, Henry Brodaty, John R Hodges, Olivier Piguet, Eneida Mioshi
BACKGROUND: The contribution of behavioural changes to functional decline is yet to be explored in primary progressive aphasia (PPA). OBJECTIVES: (1) investigate functional changes in two PPA variants [semantic (svPPA) and non-fluent (nfvPPA)], at baseline and after 12 months; (2) investigate baseline differences in behavioural changes between groups, and (3) explore predictors of functional decline after a 12-month period. METHODS: A longitudinal study involving 29 people with PPA (18 svPPA; 11 nfvPPA) seen annually in Sydney/Australia was conducted...
September 30, 2016: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Mezgebe D Abegaz, Anjum Sayyad
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September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Chiara Cerami, Alessandra Dodich, Lucia Greco, Sandro Iannaccone, Giuseppe Magnani, Alessandra Marcone, Elisabetta Pelagallo, Roberto Santangelo, Stefano F Cappa, Daniela Perani
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is a clinical syndrome due to different neurodegenerative conditions in which an accurate early diagnosis needs to be supported by a reliable diagnostic tool at the individual level. In this study, we investigated in PPA the FDG-PET brain metabolic patterns at the single-subject level, in order to assess the case-to-case variability and its relationship with clinical-neuropsychological findings. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 55 patients (i...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Joanna J Gan, Andrew Lin, Mersal S Samimi, Mario F Mendez
BACKGROUND: Semantic dementia (SD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by loss of semantic knowledge. SD may be associated with somatic symptom disorder due to excessive preoccupation with unidentified somatic sensations. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the frequency of somatic symptom disorder among patients with SD in comparison to comparably demented patients with Alzheimer׳s disease. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted using clinical data from a referral-based behavioral neurology program...
August 4, 2016: Psychosomatics
Eloi Magnin, Jean-François Démonet, David Wallon, Julien Dumurgier, Anne-Cécile Troussière, Alain Jager, Emmanuelle Duron, Audrey Gabelle, Vincent de la Sayette, Lisette Volpe-Gillot, Gregory Tio, Sarah Evain, Claire Boutoleau-Bretonnière, Adeline Enderle, François Mouton-Liger, Philippe Robert, Didier Hannequin, Florence Pasquier, Jacques Hugon, Claire Paquet
BACKGROUND: Few demographical data about primary progressive aphasia (PPA) are available, and most knowledge regarding PPA is based on tertiary centers' results. OBJECTIVE: Our aims were to describe demographical characteristics of the PPA population in a large sample of PPA patients from the network of French Alzheimer plan memory centers (Sample 1), and to describe the stratification of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers in two different samples of PPA patients (Samples 2 and 3)...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Jonathan D Rohrer, Ione O C Woollacott, Katrina M Dick, Emilie Brotherhood, Elizabeth Gordon, Alexander Fellows, Jamie Toombs, Ronald Druyeh, M Jorge Cardoso, Sebastien Ourselin, Jennifer M Nicholas, Niklas Norgren, Simon Mead, Ulf Andreasson, Kaj Blennow, Jonathan M Schott, Nick C Fox, Jason D Warren, Henrik Zetterberg
OBJECTIVE: To investigate serum neurofilament light chain (NfL) concentrations in frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and to see whether they are associated with the severity of disease. METHODS: Serum samples were collected from 74 participants (34 with behavioral variant FTD [bvFTD], 3 with FTD and motor neuron disease and 37 with primary progressive aphasia [PPA]) and 28 healthy controls. Twenty-four of the FTD participants carried a pathogenic mutation in C9orf72 (9), microtubule-associated protein tau (MAPT; 11), or progranulin (GRN; 4)...
September 27, 2016: Neurology
Sara M G Cioffi, Daniela Galimberti, Federica Barocco, Marco Spallazzi, Chiara Fenoglio, Maria Serpente, Marina Arcaro, Simona Gardini, Elio Scarpini, Paolo Caffarra
Mutations in progranulin gene (GRN) are a common cause of autosomal dominant frontotemporal lobar degeneration syndromes and are associated with a wide phenotypic heterogeneity. The majority of genetic defects in GRN consists of loss-of-function mutations, causing haploinsufficiency, and is associated with extremely low plasma progranulin levels. Herein, we describe a patient who developed language dysfunctions and memory disturbances at 63 years of age. Considering the early onset and the positive family history (sister aged 50 with non-fluent/agrammatic variant of primary progressive aphasia, father with behavioral disturbances in his sixties), a genetic analysis was carried out, showing the presence of a novel mutation [g...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Emily Rogalski, Jaiashre Sridhar, Benjamin Rader, Adam Martersteck, Kewei Chen, Derin Cobia, Cynthia K Thompson, Sandra Weintraub, Eileen H Bigio, M-Marsel Mesulam
OBJECTIVE: To identify features of primary progressive aphasia (PPA) associated with Alzheimer disease (AD) neuropathology. A related objective was to determine whether logopenic PPA is a clinical marker for AD. METHODS: A total of 139 prospectively enrolled participants with a root diagnosis of PPA constituted the reference set. Those with autopsy or biomarker evidence of AD, and who had been evaluated at mild disease stages (Aphasia Quotient ≥85), were included (n = 19)...
September 27, 2016: Neurology
Stephen M Wilson, Andrew T DeMarco, Maya L Henry, Benno Gesierich, Miranda Babiak, Bruce L Miller, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini
Syntactic processing deficits are highly variable in individuals with primary progressive aphasia. Damage to left inferior frontal cortex has been associated with syntactic deficits in primary progressive aphasia in a number of structural and functional neuroimaging studies. However, a contrasting picture of a broader syntactic network has emerged from neuropsychological studies in other aphasic cohorts, and functional imaging studies in healthy controls. To reconcile these findings, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate the functional neuroanatomy of syntactic comprehension in 51 individuals with primary progressive aphasia, composed of all clinical variants and a range of degrees of syntactic processing impairment...
August 23, 2016: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Marc Teichmann, Constance Lesoil, Juliette Godard, Marine Vernet, Anne Bertrand, Richard Levy, Bruno Dubois, Laurie Lemoine, Dennis Q Truong, Marom Bikson, Aurélie Kas, Antoni Valero-Cabré
OBJECTIVE: Noninvasive brain stimulation in primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is a promising approach. Yet, applied to single cases or insufficiently controlled small-cohort studies, it has not clarified its therapeutic value. We here address the effectiveness of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on the semantic PPA variant (sv-PPA), applying a rigorous study design to a large, homogeneous sv-PPA cohort. METHODS: Using a double-blind, sham-controlled counterbalanced cross-over design, we applied three tDCS conditions targeting the temporal poles of 12 sv-PPA patients...
August 23, 2016: Annals of Neurology
Pawel Tacik, Michael A DeTure, Yari Carlomagno, Wen-Lang Lin, Melissa E Murray, Matthew C Baker, Keith A Josephs, Bradley F Boeve, Zbigniew K Wszolek, Neill R Graff-Radford, Joseph E Parisi, Leonard Petrucelli, Rosa Rademakers, Richard S Isaacson, Kenneth M Heilman, Ronald C Petersen, Dennis W Dickson, Naomi Kouri
Mutations in microtubule-associated protein tau gene (MAPT) cause frontotemporal dementia with parkinsonism linked to chromosome 17 (FTDP-17). Here, we describe a patient with FTDP-17 and a novel missense mutation in exon 13 of MAPT, p.E372G. We compare clinicopathologic features of this patient to two previously unreported patients with another exon 13 mutation, p.G389R. The patient with the p.E372G mutation was a 40-year-old man with behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), who subsequently developed agrammatic speech and parkinsonism...
October 5, 2016: Brain Pathology
D Li, L N Zhao, H M Jin, M Zhang, D M Guo, Y Y Yu, L Y Wu, Y Tang, F Y Li, A H Zhou, Y Han, J P Jia
OBJECTIVE: To decipher the cognitive and linguistic feature of logopenic variant primary progressive aphasia (lv-PPA) and nonfluent variant primary progressive aphasia (nfv-PPA) and to explore the extent to which cognitive and language impairment contribute to the dysfunction of activity of daily living(ADL). METHODS: Seven lv-PPA and five nfv-PPA were enrolled in memory clinic of Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University from January 2015 to January 2016 accordig to the international consensus criteria for PPA and its three subtypes...
August 2, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Felix Gervits, Sharon Ash, H Branch Coslett, Katya Rascovsky, Murray Grossman, Roy Hamilton
Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is a neurodegenerative condition characterized by gradual deterioration of language function. We investigated whether two weeks of daily transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) treatment would improve language abilities in six people with a non-fluent form of PPA. tDCS was applied in an unblinded trial at an intensity of 1.5mA for 20min/day over 10days. At the time of stimulation, patients were engaged in narrating one of several children's wordless picture stories. A battery of neuropsychological assessments was administered four times: at baseline, immediately following the 2-week stimulation period, and then 6-weeks and 12-weeks following the end of stimulation...
August 11, 2016: Brain and Language
Stefan Teipel, Theresa Raiser, Lina Riedl, Isabelle Riederer, Matthias L Schroeter, Sandrine Bisenius, Anja Schneider, Johannes Kornhuber, Klaus Fliessbach, Annika Spottke, Michel J Grothe, Johannes Prudlo, Jan Kassubek, Albert Ludolph, Bernhard Landwehrmeyer, Sarah Straub, Markus Otto, Adrian Danek
Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is characterized by profound destruction of cortical language areas. Anatomical studies suggest an involvement of cholinergic basal forebrain (BF) in PPA syndromes, particularly in the area of the nucleus subputaminalis (NSP). Here we aimed to determine the pattern of atrophy and structural covariance as a proxy of structural connectivity of BF nuclei in PPA variants. We studied 62 prospectively recruited cases with the clinical diagnosis of PPA and 31 healthy older control participants from the cohort study of the German consortium for frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD)...
October 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
Maria Luisa Mandelli, Eduard Vilaplana, Jesse A Brown, H Isabel Hubbard, Richard J Binney, Suneth Attygalle, Miguel A Santos-Santos, Zachary A Miller, Mikhail Pakvasa, Maya L Henry, Howard J Rosen, Roland G Henry, Gil D Rabinovici, Bruce L Miller, William W Seeley, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini
Neurodegeneration has been hypothesized to follow predetermined large-scale networks through the trans-synaptic spread of toxic proteins from a syndrome-specific epicentre. To date, no longitudinal neuroimaging study has tested this hypothesis in vivo in frontotemporal dementia spectrum disorders. The aim of this study was to demonstrate that longitudinal progression of atrophy in non-fluent/agrammatic variant primary progressive aphasia spreads over time from a syndrome-specific epicentre to additional regions, based on their connectivity to the epicentre in healthy control subjects...
August 6, 2016: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
David Foxe, Cristian E Leyton, John R Hodges, James R Burrell, Muireann Irish, Olivier Piguet
INTRODUCTION: Logopenic progressive aphasia (lv-PPA) is a form of primary progressive aphasia and is predominantly associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology. The neuropsychological profiles of lv-PPA and typical clinical AD are, however, distinct. In particular, these two syndromes differ on attention span measures, where auditory attention span is more impaired in lv-PPA than in AD and visuospatial span appears more impaired in AD than in lv-PPA. The neural basis of these span profiles, however, remains unclear...
October 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
David A Gansler, Edward D Huey, Jessica J Pan, Eric Wasserman, Jordan H Grafman
OBJECTIVE: We compared performance on tests of dysexecutive behaviour (DB) and executive function (EF) in patients with behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and corticobasal syndrome (CBS). METHODS: Patients diagnosed with bvFTD (n=124), PPA (n=34) and CBS (n=85) were recruited. EF was measured with the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System (DKEFS: performance based), and DB was measured with the Frontal Systems Behavior Scale (FrSBe: caregiver-report based)...
July 27, 2016: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
Zhihong Shi, Shuai Liu, Lei Xiang, Ying Wang, Mengyuan Liu, Shuling Liu, Tong Han, Yuying Zhou, Jinhuan Wang, Li Cai, Shuo Gao, Yong Ji
Alzheimer's disease (AD) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) are two common forms of primary neurodegenerative dementia that show overlapping clinical symptoms. The aim of this study was to perform genetic analyses on GRN, VCP, CHMP2B, FUS, TARDBP, C9orf72 and MAPT genes in Chinese AD and FTD patients. We performed gene sequencing of the GRN, VCP, CHMP2B, FUS, TARDBP, MAPT and C9orf72 genes in 61 clinical AD and 38 FTD Chinese patients. We identified a known mutation of MAPT (p.Pro301Leu, c.902C>T) in four patients from an autosomal dominant FTD family with behavioral variant FTD (bvFTD) and progressive nonfluent aphasia (PNFA) phenotypes, and a novel mutation in MAPT (p...
July 21, 2016: Journal of Human Genetics
Pantelis Maiovis, Panagiotis Ioannidis, Georgios Gerasimou, Anna Gotzamani-Psarrakou, Dimitrios Karacostas
Severity assessment scales for frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) have been recently introduced. In the present study, the authors examined whether the FTLD-modified Clinical Dementia Rating (FTLD-CDR) scale and the Frontotemporal Dementia Rating Scale (FRS) correlated with regional brain perfusion in Greek FTLD patients. A total of 47 behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) patients and 33 primary progressive aphasia (PPA) patients were assessed for demographic data, cognitive reserve (CR), and severity of dementia and underwent brain single-photon emission computed tomography...
July 15, 2016: Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Richard J Binney, Maya L Henry, Miranda Babiak, Peter S Pressman, Miguel A Santos-Santos, Jared Narvid, Maria Luisa Mandelli, Paul J Strain, Bruce L Miller, Katherine P Rankin, Howard J Rosen, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini
Semantic variant primary progressive aphasia (svPPA) typically presents with left-hemisphere predominant rostral temporal lobe (rTL) atrophy and the most significant complaints within the language domain. Less frequently, patients present with right-hemisphere predominant temporal atrophy coupled with marked impairments in processing of famous faces and emotions. Few studies have objectively compared these patient groups in both domains and therefore it is unclear to what extent the syndromes overlap. Clinically diagnosed svPPA patients were characterized as left- (n = 21) or right-predominant (n = 12) using imaging and compared along with 14 healthy controls...
September 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
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