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Thiago Cardoso Vale, Maira Tonidandel Barbosa, Elisa de Paula França Resende, Débora Palma Maia, Mauro César Quintão Cunningham, Henrique Cerqueira Guimarães, João Carlos Barbosa Machado, Antônio Lucio Teixeira, Francisco Cardoso, Paulo Caramelli
INTRODUCTION: Parkinsonism is one of the most prevalent neurological syndromes in the elderly. There are only a few epidemiological studies focusing on parkinsonism in oldest-old individuals, particularly in Latin America. This study aims to investigate the prevalence and characteristics of parkinsonism in subjects aged 75 + years living in the community. METHODS: The Pietà study is a population-based investigation on brain aging conducted in Caeté, southeast Brazil...
June 19, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
Ananya Chakraborty, Madhurima Chatterjee, Harry Twaalfhoven, Marta Del Campo Milan, Charlotte E Teunissen, Philip Scheltens, Ruud D Fontijn, Wiesje M van Der Flier, Helga E de Vries
BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence suggests that cerebral vascular dysfunction is associated with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is one of the key players involved in the development and maintenance of the vasculature. Here, we hypothesized that VEGF levels in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) may be altered in AD patients with vascular involvement, characterized by the presence of microbleeds (MB), and in vascular dementia (VaD) patients compared to controls...
June 23, 2018: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
Wei-Xia Li, Shu-Qi Zhang, Yi-Dan Zhao, Jin-Fa Tang, Chun-Xiao Li, Xiao-Yan Wang, Xue-Lin Li
Naoxintong capsule (NXTC) is an oral Chinese preparation produced by modern technology, derived from the classic preparation of Buyang Huanwu decoction which was recorded by WANG Qing-ren (Qing dynasty) in Yilingaicuo Juanxia Tanweilun. NXTC is composed of 16 herbs including insect herbs and some blood circulation herbs, with the effects of supplementing Qi and activating blood circulation, dispersing blood stasis and dredging collaterals. In clinical application, it is mainly used for stroke, cerebral infarction, vascular dementia, ischemic cerebrovascular disease, transient ischemic attack, coronary heart disease, angina pectoris, ischemic cardiomyopathy, diabetic cardiomyopathy, myocardial infarction, chronic heart failure, chronic complications of diabetes, essential hypertension, hyperlipidemia and other cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, and has achieved good therapeutic effect on above diseases or their concurrent diseases...
May 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Amanda Santiago, Lígia Mendes Soares, Melissa Schepers, Humberto Milani, Tim Vanmierlo, Jos Prickaerts, Rúbia M Weffort de Oliveira
Chronic cerebral hypoperfusion (CCH) has been associated with aging-related vascular dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. It can be induced by the four-vessel occlusion/internal carotid artery (4VO/ICA) model in aged rats, resulting in persistent memory deficits, white matter injury, and significant neuronal loss in the hippocampus and cerebral cortex. The phosphodiesterase type 4 inhibitor (PDE4-I) roflumilast has been reported to have pro-cognitive effects in several behavioral paradigms. The present study evaluated the effects of repeated roflumilast treatment in aged rats that were subjected to CCH...
June 19, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Flavio Nobili, Javier Arbizu, Femke Bouwman, Alexander Drzezga, Federica Agosta, Peter Nestor, Zuzana Walker, Marina Boccardi
BACKGROUND: Recommendations for using FDG-PET to support the diagnosis of dementing neurodegenerative disorders are sparse and poorly structured. METHODS: We defined 21 questions on diagnostic issues and on semi-automated analysis to assist visual reading. Literature was reviewed to assess study design, risk of bias, inconsistency, imprecision, indirectness and effect size. Critical outcomes were sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive/negative predictive value, area under the receiving operating characteristic curve, and positive/negative likelihood ratio of FDG-PET in detecting the target conditions...
June 22, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
John R Gatti, Xiaojie Zhang, Ejona Korcari, Soo Jung Lee, Nya Greenstone, Jon G Dean, Snehaa Maripudi, Michael M Wang
Vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) undergo a series of dramatic changes in CADASIL, the most common inherited cause of vascular dementia and stroke. NOTCH3 protein accumulates and aggregates early in CADASIL, followed by loss of mature SMCs from the media of brain arteries and marked intimal proliferation. Similar intimal thickening is seen in peripheral arterial disease, which features pathological intimal cells including proliferative, dedifferentiated, smooth muscle-like cells deficient in SMC markers. Limited studies have been performed to investigate the differentiation state and location of SMCs in brain vascular disorders...
June 22, 2018: Translational Stroke Research
Jiangman Song, Lu Yang, Di Nan, Qihua He, You Wan, Huailian Guo
Chronic cerebral hypoperfusion is one of the fundamental pathological causes of brain disease such as vascular dementia. Exploration of effective treatments for this is of great interest. Histidine has been reported to be effective in anti-apoptosis, antioxidant, and against excitotoxicity. In the present study, we aim to investigate whether histidine could have a therapeutic effect on the impairments induced by chronic cerebral hypoperfusion. Cerebral hypoperfusion model was established through bilateral common carotid arteries stenosis (BCAS) operation in Tie2-GFP mice...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Jing Ma, Haijing Yan, Ranran Wang, Shuhong Bo, Xiaotong Lu, Jian Zhang, Ajing Xu
Subcortical ischemic vascular dementia caused by chronic cerebral hypoperfusion due to small-artery disease is a common subtype of vascular dementia, which is recognized as the second most prevalent type of dementia. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of carnosine on white matter damage in corpus striatum. Adult male mice (C57BL/6 strain) were subjected to right unilateral common carotid arteries occlusion (rUCCAO), and treated with carnosine or saline. Klüver-Barrera staining, immunohistochemical analyses, Western blots and neurochemical analysis were performed after rUCCAO...
June 18, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Tessa van Middelaar, Lonneke A van Vught, Willem A van Gool, Esther M F Simons, Bert-Jan H van den Born, Eric P Moll van Charante, Edo Richard
: Our objective was to study the preventive effect of lowering blood pressure (BP) by medication and/or lifestyle changes on incident all-cause dementia, Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. In this systematic review, we included randomized controlled trials with a BP-lowering intervention. Of the nine included trials, seven assessed the effect of antihypertensive medication and two of a lifestyle or combined intervention. In the intervention arm, 1041 out of 29 029 (3.6%) participants were diagnosed with dementia compared with 1090 out of 28 653 (3...
June 20, 2018: Journal of Hypertension
Antti Tolonen, Hanneke F M Rhodius-Meester, Marie Bruun, Juha Koikkalainen, Frederik Barkhof, Afina W Lemstra, Teddy Koene, Philip Scheltens, Charlotte E Teunissen, Tong Tong, Ricardo Guerrero, Andreas Schuh, Christian Ledig, Marta Baroni, Daniel Rueckert, Hilkka Soininen, Anne M Remes, Gunhild Waldemar, Steen G Hasselbalch, Patrizia Mecocci, Wiesje M van der Flier, Jyrki Lötjönen
Clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) hold potential for the differential diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases. We developed a novel CDSS, the PredictND tool, designed for differential diagnosis of different types of dementia. It combines information obtained from multiple diagnostic tests such as neuropsychological tests, MRI and cerebrospinal fluid samples. Here we evaluated how the classifier used in it performs in differentiating between controls with subjective cognitive decline, dementia due to Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal lobar degeneration and dementia with Lewy bodies...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Fulvia Palesi, Andrea De Rinaldis, Paolo Vitali, Gloria Castellazzi, Letizia Casiraghi, Giancarlo Germani, Sara Bernini, Nicoletta Anzalone, Matteo Cotta Ramusino, Federica M Denaro, Elena Sinforiani, Alfredo Costa, Giovanni Magenes, Egidio D'Angelo, Claudia A M Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott, Giuseppe Micieli
Alzheimer disease (AD) and vascular dementia (VaD) together represent the majority of dementia cases. Since their neuropsychological profiles often overlap and white matter lesions are observed in elderly subjects including AD, differentiating between VaD and AD can be difficult. Characterization of these different forms of dementia would benefit by identification of quantitative imaging biomarkers specifically sensitive to AD or VaD. Parameters of microstructural abnormalities derived from diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) have been reported to be helpful in differentiating between dementias, but only few studies have used them to compare AD and VaD with a voxelwise approach...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Thenmoly Damodaran, Byorn Wei Liang Tan, Ping Liao, Surash Ramanathan, Lim Gin Keat, Zurina Hassan
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Clitoria ternatea L. (CT), commonly known as Butterfly pea, is used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine to promote brain function and treat mental disorders. Root of CT has been proven to enhance memory, but its role in an animal model of chronic cerebral hypoperfusion (CCH), which has been considered as a major cause of brain disorders, has yet to be explored. AIM OF THE STUDY: To assess the motor and cognitive effects of acute oral administration of CT root methanolic extract and hippocampal long-term plasticity in the CA1 region of the CCH rat model...
June 16, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Susanna C Larsson, Hugh S Markus
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological evidence has associated Alzheimer's disease (AD) with vascular risk factors (VRFs), but whether treatment of VRFs reduces the incidence of dementia and AD is uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis to summarize available data on the impact of treatment of VRFs on dementia and AD incidence. METHODS: Pertinent studies published until 1 January 2018 were identified from PubMed. Both randomized controlled trials (RCT) and prospective studies that investigated the impact of treatment of VRFs on dementia or AD incidence were included...
June 9, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Jes Buster Madsen, Jonas Folke, Bente Pakkenberg
We estimated by stereological methods the neocortical volume occupied by plaques and tangles in females dying with severe Alzheimer's disease (AD), age-matched female subjects with severe vascular dementia, and normal control brains. Stereological investigations include a uniform sampling of the tissue in the whole of neocortex and its subdivisions. Resultant volume estimates provide information about the overall burden of these two pathological changes and their volume fractions and allow for correlational studies between the pathological changes and factors such as the total neocortical neuronal cell numbers, dementia test scores, and age...
June 8, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Jong Bin Bae, Ji Won Han, Kyung Phil Kwak, Bong Jo Kim, Shin Gyeom Kim, Jeong Lan Kim, Tae Hui Kim, Seung-Ho Ryu, Seok Woo Moon, Joon Hyuk Park, Jong Chul Youn, Dong Young Lee, Dong Woo Lee, Seok Bum Lee, Jung Jae Lee, Jin Hyeong Jhoo, Ki Woong Kim
BACKGROUND: Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a cognitive state that lies on the continuum between normal aging and dementia, and the prevalence of MCI is higher than dementia. However, the risk for mortality of people with MCI has been far less studied than that of people with dementia, and the population attributable risk percent (PAR%) of death attributable to MCI has not been estimated yet. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of MCI on mortality and the cause of death in the elderly, and to estimate the PAR% of deaths attributable to MCI...
June 8, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Tommaso Schirinzi, Francesco Di Lorenzo, Giulia Maria Sancesario, Giulia Di Lazzaro, Viviana Ponzo, Antonio Pisani, Nicola Biagio Mercuri, Giacomo Koch, Alessandro Martorana
BACKGROUND: Although motor disturbances parallel the course of dementia, worsening both quality of life and social costs, the pathogenesis remains still unclear. OBJECTIVE: Through the combination of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers assessment and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) protocols, here we provided a cross-sectional study to understand pathogenic mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease (AD)-related early motor disturbances. METHODS: The motor phenotype, as defined with Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) part 2-3, Rating Scale for Gait Evaluation in Cognitive Deterioration (RSEGCD) and Tinetti scale, together with CSF profile of amyloid-β 42 (Aβ42), total-tau, and phosphorylated-tau were determined in 37 AD patients and compared to 18 patients with vascular dementia (VaD)...
June 8, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Guillermo Carbajosa, Karim Malki, Nathan Lawless, Hong Wang, John W Ryder, Eva Wozniak, Kristie Wood, Charles A Mein, Richard J B Dobson, David A Collier, Michael J O'Neill, Angela K Hodges, Stephen J Newhouse
Rare heterozygous coding variants in the triggering receptor expressed in myeloid cells 2 (TREM2) gene, conferring increased risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease, have been identified. We examined the transcriptional consequences of the loss of Trem2 in mouse brain to better understand its role in disease using differential expression and coexpression network analysis of Trem2 knockout and wild-type mice. We generated RNA-Seq data from cortex and hippocampus sampled at 4 and 8 months. Using brain cell-type markers and ontology enrichment, we found subnetworks with cell type and/or functional identity...
May 17, 2018: Neurobiology of Aging
L Raposo Rodríguez, D J Tovar Salazar, N Fernández García, L Pastor Hernández, Ó Fernández Guinea
OBJECTIVE: To describe and illustrate the key findings on structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the most common dementias of neurodegenerative origin: Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, variants of frontotemporal dementia, progressive supranuclear palsy, variants of multiple system atrophy, Parkinson dementia, and corticobasal degeneration. CONCLUSION: Today the role of MRI is no longer limited to ruling out underlying causes of cognitive deterioration...
June 11, 2018: Radiología
Stephen Dj Makin, Fergus N Doubal, Terence J Quinn, Philip Mw Bath, Martin S Dennis, Joanna M Wardlaw
Background: Endpoints that are commonly used in trials of moderate/severe stroke may be less frequent in patients with minor, non-disabling stroke thus inflating sample sizes. We tested whether trial efficiency might be improved with composite endpoints. Methods: We prospectively recruited patients with lacunar and minor non-lacunar ischaemic stroke (NIHSS ≤ 7) and assessed recurrent vascular events (stroke, transient ischaemic attack (TIA), ischemic heart disease (IHD)), modified Rankin Score (mRS) and cognitive testing with the Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination (ACE-R) one year post-stroke...
March 2018: European stroke journal
Ahmed Abo Hagar, Yossri Ashour, Reda Abd El-Razek, Mohamed Elsamahy, Osama Shehab
Background: Cognitive decline could start or get worse among elderly patients with diabetes mellitus more than elderly without diabetes mellitus. So, those diabetic elderly patients have more risk to develop Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Patients and Methods: This study included 48 elderly, grouped into three equal groups. First group included patients with diabetes mellitus and cognitive impairment. Second group included patients with diabetes mellitus and no cognitive impairment...
2018: The Egyptian journal of neurology, psychiatry and neurosurgery
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