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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803444/atypical-parkinsonian-syndromes-a-general-neurologist-s-perspective
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REVIEW
Angela B Deutschländer, Owen A Ross, Dennis W Dickson, Zbigniew K Wszolek
The differential diagnosis of atypical parkinsonian syndromes is challenging. These severe and often rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disorders are clinically heterogeneous and show significant phenotypic overlap. Here we review clinical, imaging, neuropathologic and genetic features of multiple system atrophy (MSA), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). The terms CBD and FTLD refer to pathologically confirmed cases of corticobasal syndrome (CBS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD)...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762856/exploring-the-diagnosis-delay-and-als-functional-impairment-at-diagnosis-as-relevant-criteria-for-clinical-trial-enrolment
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Bello Hamidou, Benoit Marin, Geraldine Lautrette, Marie Nicol, William Camu, Philippe Corcia, Marie-Christine Arnes-Bes, Christine Tranchant, Pierre Clavelou, Didier Hannequin, Giroud Maurice, Katell Beauvais, Jean-Christophe Antoine, Véronique Danel-Brunaud, Fausto Viader, Pierre-Marie Preux, Philippe Couratier
Objectives were: i) to describe the phenotypic heterogeneity of incident amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients diagnosed in 2012 in French ALS centres; ii) to look at the associations between ALSFRS-R score and ALSFRS-R slope (ΔFS) at time of diagnosis with diagnosis delay, ALS phenotypes and Airlie House diagnosis criteria (AHDC); iii) to describe the rate of progression on ΔFS, according to diagnosis delay. METHODS: Incident ALS cases diagnosed in French ALS centres were included...
August 1, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751743/anti-ampa-glua3-antibodies-in-frontotemporal-dementia-a-new-molecular-target
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B Borroni, J Stanic, C Verpelli, M Mellone, E Bonomi, A Alberici, P Bernasconi, L Culotta, E Zianni, S Archetti, M Manes, S Gazzina, R Ghidoni, L Benussi, C Stuani, M Di Luca, C Sala, E Buratti, A Padovani, F Gardoni
Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) is a neurodegenerative disorder mainly characterised by Tau or TDP43 inclusions. A co-autoimmune aetiology has been hypothesised. In this study, we aimed at defining the pathogenetic role of anti-AMPA GluA3 antibodies in FTD. Serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) anti-GluA3 antibody dosage was carried out and the effect of CSF with and without anti-GluA3 antibodies was tested in rat hippocampal neuronal primary cultures and in differentiated neurons from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs)...
July 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749476/the-wide-genetic-landscape-of-clinical-frontotemporal-dementia-systematic-combined-sequencing-of-121-consecutive-subjects
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Cornelis Blauwendraat, Carlo Wilke, Javier Simón-Sánchez, Iris E Jansen, Anika Reifschneider, Anja Capell, Christian Haass, Melissa Castillo-Lizardo, Saskia Biskup, Walter Maetzler, Patrizia Rizzu, Peter Heutink, Matthis Synofzik
PurposeTo define the genetic spectrum and relative gene frequencies underlying clinical frontotemporal dementia (FTD).MethodsWe investigated the frequencies and mutations in neurodegenerative disease genes in 121 consecutive FTD subjects using an unbiased, combined sequencing approach, complemented by cerebrospinal fluid Aβ1-42 and serum progranulin measurements. Subjects were screened for C9orf72 repeat expansions, GRN and MAPT mutations, and, if negative, mutations in other neurodegenerative disease genes, by whole-exome sequencing (WES) (n = 108), including WES-based copy-number variant (CNV) analysis...
July 27, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747446/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-distinguishes-alzheimer-disease-from-frontotemporal-dementia
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Alberto Benussi, Francesco Di Lorenzo, Valentina Dell'Era, Maura Cosseddu, Antonella Alberici, Salvatore Caratozzolo, Maria Sofia Cotelli, Anna Micheli, Luca Rozzini, Alessandro Depari, Alessandra Flammini, Viviana Ponzo, Alessandro Martorana, Carlo Caltagirone, Alessandro Padovani, Giacomo Koch, Barbara Borroni
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) multiparadigm approach can be used to distinguish Alzheimer disease (AD) from frontotemporal dementia (FTD). METHODS: Paired-pulse TMS was used to investigate short-interval intracortical inhibition (SICI) and facilitation (ICF), long-interval intracortical inhibition, and short-latency afferent inhibition (SAI) to measure the activity of different intracortical circuits in patients with AD, patients with FTD, and healthy controls (HC)...
July 26, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745227/frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-review-and-update-for-clinical-neurologists
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Isabel Hernández, Maria-Victoria Fernández, Lluis Tàrraga, Mercè Boada, Agustín Ruiz
BACKGROUND: Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) is a heterogeneous group of disorders and the second most frequent cause of early onset dementia making it the highest number of inherited cases. METHODS: FTL is characterized by considerable variability in clinical, genetic and histopathologic features. Patients may present symptoms ranging from behavioural disturbances to different language disorders, with or without motor neuron disorders or associated parkinsonism. Atrophy in frontal and temporal lobes is the most relevant radiological finding...
July 25, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745069/a-case-series-of-pls-patients-with-frontotemporal-dementia-and-overview-of-the-literature
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Bálint S de Vries, Laura M M Rustemeijer, Anneke J van der Kooi, Joost Raaphorst, Carin D Schröder, Tanja C W Nijboer, Jeroen Hendrikse, Jan H Veldink, Leonard H van den Berg, Michael A van Es
OBJECTIVE: Primary lateral sclerosis (PLS) is a rare form of motor neuron disease characterised by UMN degeneration leading to slowly progressive spasticity. Whether it is a separate disease or a subtype of ALS has been debated. In ALS comorbid frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is frequently seen (±15%). However, cognitive and behavioural changes are generally not considered to be a part of PLS. METHODS: To report the clinical findings and frequency of PLS patients that developed FTD in a referral-based cohort and provide an overview of the literature...
July 26, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744202/rna-misprocessing-in-c9orf72-linked-neurodegeneration
#8
REVIEW
Holly V Barker, Michael Niblock, Youn-Bok Lee, Christopher E Shaw, Jean-Marc Gallo
A large GGGGCC hexanucleotide repeat expansion in the first intron or promoter region of the C9orf72 gene is the most common genetic cause of familial and sporadic Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a devastating degenerative disease of motor neurons, and of Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), the second most common form of presenile dementia after Alzheimer's disease. C9orf72-associated ALS/FTD is a multifaceted disease both in terms of its clinical presentation and the misregulated cellular pathways contributing to disease progression...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737506/microglia-and-c9orf72-in-neuroinflammation-and-als-and-frontotemporal-dementia
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Deepti Lall, Robert H Baloh
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a degenerative disorder that is characterized by loss of motor neurons and shows clinical, pathological, and genetic overlap with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Activated microglia are a universal feature of ALS/FTD pathology; however, their role in disease pathogenesis remains incompletely understood. The recent discovery that ORF 72 on chromosome 9 (C9orf72), the gene most commonly mutated in ALS/FTD, has an important role in myeloid cells opened the possibility that altered microglial function plays an active role in disease...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731449/cerebrospinal-fluid-neurogranin-as-a-biomarker-of-neurodegenerative-diseases-a-cross-sectional-study
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Simone Lista, Nicola Toschi, Filippo Baldacci, Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow, Ingo Kilimann, Stefan J Teipel, Enrica Cavedo, Antonio Melo Dos Santos, Stéphane Epelbaum, Foudil Lamari, Bruno Dubois, Robert Nisticò, Roberto Floris, Francesco Garaci, Harald Hampel
We investigated cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) concentrations of the postsynaptic biomarker neurogranin at baseline in cognitively healthy controls (HC) compared to individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) dementia, and patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). CSF neurogranin was quantified using an in-house immunoassay in a cross-sectional multicenter study of 108 participants [AD dementia (n = 35), FTD (n = 9), MCI (n = 41), cognitively HC (n = 23)]...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729824/mouse-models-of-c9orf72-hexanucleotide-repeat-expansion-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-frontotemporal-dementia
#11
REVIEW
Ranjan Batra, Chris W Lee
The presence of hexanucleotide repeat expansion (HRE) in the first intron of the human C9orf72 gene is the most common genetic cause underlying both familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Studies aimed at elucidating the pathogenic mechanisms associated of C9orf72 FTD and ALS (C9FTD/ALS) have focused on the hypothesis of RNA and protein toxic gain-of-function models, including formation of nuclear RNA foci containing GGGGCC (G4C2) HRE, inclusions containing dipeptide repeat proteins through a non-canonical repeat associated non-ATG (RAN) translation mechanism, and on loss-of-function of the C9orf72 protein...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726050/a-single-center-study-a%C3%AE-42-p-tau181-csf-ratio-to-discriminate-ad-from-ftd-in-clinical-setting
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Andrea Vergallo, Cecilia Carlesi, Cristina Pagni, Filippo Sean Giorgi, Filippo Baldacci, Lucia Petrozzi, Roberto Ceravolo, Gloria Tognoni, Gabriele Siciliano, Ubaldo Bonuccelli
Abnormal levels of beta amyloid (Aβ42) and tau protein concentrations in the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) have been largely described in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Thus, CSF analysis of these biomarkers has been incorporated in recent AD diagnostic criteria, and it is increasingly performed for neurodegenerative dementia diagnostic workout in clinical setting. Nevertheless, the precise biomarkers CSF features in neurodegenerative dementia, either AD or Frontotemporal dementia (FTD), are still not fully clear today...
July 19, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724588/automatic-measurement-of-prosody-in-behavioral-variant-ftd
#13
Naomi Nevler, Sharon Ash, Charles Jester, David J Irwin, Mark Liberman, Murray Grossman
OBJECTIVE: To help understand speech changes in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), we developed and implemented automatic methods of speech analysis for quantification of prosody, and evaluated clinical and anatomical correlations. METHODS: We analyzed semi-structured, digitized speech samples from 32 patients with bvFTD (21 male, mean age 63 ± 8.5, mean disease duration 4 ± 3.1 years) and 17 matched healthy controls (HC). We automatically extracted fundamental frequency (f0, the physical property of sound most closely correlating with perceived pitch) and computed pitch range on a logarithmic scale (semitone) that controls for individual and sex differences...
July 19, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716886/clinical-neurology-and-epidemiology-of-the-major-neurodegenerative-diseases
#14
Michael G Erkkinen, Mee-Ohk Kim, Michael D Geschwind
Neurodegenerative diseases are a common cause of morbidity and cognitive impairment in older adults. Most clinicians who care for the elderly are not trained to diagnose these conditions, perhaps other than typical Alzheimer's disease (AD). Each of these disorders has varied epidemiology, clinical symptomatology, laboratory and neuroimaging features, neuropathology, and management. Thus, it is important that clinicians be able to differentiate and diagnose these conditions accurately. This review summarizes and highlights clinical aspects of several of the most commonly encountered neurodegenerative diseases, including AD, frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and its variants, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), Parkinson's disease (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), multiple system atrophy (MSA), and Huntington's disease (HD)...
July 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716533/novel-ubqln2-mutations-linked-to-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-and-atypical-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia-phenotype-through-defective-hsp70-mediated-proteolysis
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Elisa Teyssou, Laura Chartier, Maria-Del-Mar Amador, Roselina Lam, Géraldine Lautrette, Marie Nicol, Selma Machat, Sandra Da Barroca, Carine Moigneu, Mathilde Mairey, Thierry Larmonier, Safaa Saker, Christelle Dussert, Sylvie Forlani, Bertrand Fontaine, Danielle Seilhean, Delphine Bohl, Séverine Boillée, Vincent Meininger, Philippe Couratier, François Salachas, Giovanni Stevanin, Stéphanie Millecamps
Mutations in UBQLN2 have been associated with rare cases of X-linked juvenile and adult forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and ALS linked to frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Here, we report 1 known (c.1489C>T, p.Pro497Ser, P497S) and 3 novel (c.1481C>T, p.Pro494Leu, P494L; c.1498C>T, p.Pro500Ser, P500S; and c.1516C>G, p.Pro506Ala, P506A) missense mutations in the PXX domain of UBQLN2 in familial motor neuron diseases including ALS and spastic paraplegia (SP). A novel missense mutation (c...
June 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712747/selectivity-and-kinetic-requirements-of-hdac-inhibitors-as-progranulin-enhancers-for-treating-frontotemporal-dementia
#16
Angela She, Iren Kurtser, Surya A Reis, Krista Hennig, Jenny Lai, Audrey Lang, Wen-Ning Zhao, Ralph Mazitschek, Bradford C Dickerson, Joachim Herz, Stephen J Haggarty
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) arises from neurodegeneration in the frontal, insular, and anterior temporal lobes. Autosomal dominant causes of FTD include heterozygous mutations in the GRN gene causing haploinsufficiency of progranulin (PGRN) protein. Recently, histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors have been identified as enhancers of PGRN expression, although the mechanisms through which GRN is epigenetically regulated remain poorly understood. Using a chemogenomic toolkit, including optoepigenetic probes, we show that inhibition of class I HDACs is sufficient to upregulate PGRN in human neurons, and only inhibitors with apparent fast binding to their target HDAC complexes are capable of enhancing PGRN expression...
July 20, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711815/geschwind-syndrome-in-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-neuroanatomical-and-neuropsychological-features-over-9-years
#17
Laura Veronelli, Sara J Makaretz, Megan Quimby, Bradford C Dickerson, Jessica A Collins
Geschwind Syndrome, a characteristic behavioral syndrome frequently described in patients affected by temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), consists of the following features: hyper-religiosity, hypergraphia, hyposexuality, and irritability. Here we report the 9-year-clinical course of a case of Geschwind Syndrome that developed as a first and salient clinical expression of right temporal lobe variant of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). Only one patient affected by frontotemporal dementia has previously been shown to present with Geschwind Syndrome...
June 27, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707717/an-autopsied-case-of-corticobasal-degeneration-presenting-with-frontotemporal-dementia-followed-by-myoclonus
#18
Yasushi Iwasaki, Keiko Mori, Masumi Ito, Maya Mimuro, Mari Yoshida
A Japanese woman developed frontotemporal dementia (FTD)-like symptoms of abnormal behavior, such as stereotyped behavior and disinhibition. The patient developed these symptoms at the age of 59 years, although aphasia symptoms were not apparent at early disease stages. Progressive parkinsonism was dominant on the left side, and conspicuous myoclonus was recognized in the late disease stage. MRI indicated severe, right side-dominant frontotemporal lobe atrophy with white matter degeneration. Brainstem and cerebellar atrophy were also observed...
July 14, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696821/multifaceted-role-of-smcr8-as-autophagy-regulator
#19
Jennifer Jung, Christian Behrends
Through autophagy intracellular material is engulfed by double membrane vesicles and delivered to lysosomes for degradation. This process requires Rab GTPases, Rab GAPs and Rab GEFs for proper membrane trafficking, since they control vesicle budding, targeting and fusion. Deregulation of autophagy contributes to several human diseases including cancer, bacterial or viral infections and neurodegeneration. This review focuses on the complex roles of the newly identified protein SMCR8 and its interaction partners during formation and maturation of autophagosomes as well as regulation of lysosomal function and further discusses their implication in neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS and FTD...
July 11, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696431/synaptic-activity-protects-against-ad-and-ftd-like-pathology-via-autophagic-lysosomal-degradation
#20
Y Akwa, E Gondard, A Mann, E Capetillo-Zarate, E Alberdi, C Matute, S Marty, T Vaccari, A M Lozano, E E Baulieu, D Tampellini
Changes in synaptic excitability and reduced brain metabolism are among the earliest detectable alterations associated with the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Stimulation of synaptic activity has been shown to be protective in models of AD beta-amyloidosis. Remarkably, deep brain stimulation (DBS) provides beneficial effects in AD patients, and represents an important therapeutic approach against AD and other forms of dementia. While several studies have explored the effect of synaptic activation on beta-amyloid, little is known about Tau protein...
July 11, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
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