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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448035/bioluminescence-imaging-of-neuroinflammation-in-transgenic-mice-after-peripheral-inoculation-of-alpha-synuclein-fibrils
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Sara Breid, Maria E Bernis, Julius B Tachu, Maria C Garza, Holger Wille, Gültekin Tamgüney
To study the prion-like behavior of misfolded alpha-synuclein, mouse models are needed that allow fast and simple transmission of alpha-synuclein prionoids, which cause neuropathology within the central nervous system (CNS). Here we describe that intraglossal or intraperitoneal injection of alpha-synuclein fibrils into bigenic Tg(M83(+/-):Gfap-luc(+/-)) mice, which overexpress human alpha-synuclein with the A53T mutation from the prion protein promoter and firefly luciferase from the promoter for glial fibrillary acidic protein (Gfap), is sufficient to induce neuropathologic disease...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440890/fluorescence-and-autoradiographic-evaluation-of-tau-pet-ligand-pbb3-to-%C3%AE-synuclein-pathology
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Shunsuke Koga, Maiko Ono, Naruhiko Sahara, Makoto Higuchi, Dennis W Dickson
BACKGROUND: The tau PET ligand 2-((1E,3E)-4-(6-([(11) C]methylamino)pyridin-3-yl)buta-1,3-dienyl)benzo[d]thiazol-6-ol ([(11) C]PBB3) binds to a wide range of tau pathology; however, binding property of PBB3 to non-tau inclusions remains unknown. To clarify whether [(11) C]PBB3 binds to α-synuclein pathology, reactivity of PBB3 was assessed by in vitro fluorescence and autoradiographic labeling of brain sections from α-synucleinopathies patients. METHOD: Of 10 pure Lewy body disease and 120 multiple system atrophy (MSA) cases in the Mayo Clinic brain bank, we selected 3 Lewy body disease and 4 MSA cases with a range of α-synuclein severity based on the quantitative analysis of α-synuclein burden...
April 25, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439961/involvement-of-the-cerebellum-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-dementia-with-lewy-bodies
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K Seidel, M Bouzrou, N Heidemann, R Krüger, L Schöls, Wfa den Dunnen, H-W Korf, U Rüb
Patient brains with Parkinson's disease or Dementia with Lewy bodies show aggregation of alpha-synuclein in pre-cerebellar brainstem structures. Furthermore, patients exhibit resting tremor, unstable gait and impaired balance which may be associated with cerebellar dysfunction. Therefore, we screened the cerebella of 12 patients with alpha-synucleinopathies for neuropathological changes. Cerebellar nuclei and neighboring white matter displayed numerous aggregates, while lobules were mildly affected. Cerebellar aggregation pathology may suggest a prion-like spread originating from affected precerebellar structures and the high homogeneity between patients with Dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson's disease shows that both diseases likely belong to the same neuropathological spectrum...
April 25, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434268/ubiquitin-c-terminal-hydrolase-l1-uch-l1-as-a-therapeutic-and-diagnostic-target-in-neurodegeneration-neurotrauma-and-neuro-injuries
#4
Kevin K Wang, Zhihui Yang, George Sarkis, Isabel Torres, Vijaya Raghavan
Since its discovery as a major CNS-abundant protein 25 years ago, Ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase-L1 (UCH-L1) has emerged as an important enzyme in regulating brain protein metabolism, by coupling to the proteasome pathway of protein degradation. Areas covered: UCH-L1 is implicated in both familial and sporadic Parkinson disease and other chronic neurodegenerative diseases. Also, UCH-L1 has been recently emerging as a biofluid-based biomarker for various forms of acute neurotrauma and CNS injury. Expert opinion: The loss of UCH-L1 activity coupled with the gain of proteinopathy function are linked to neurodegeneration such as Parkinsonism and Alzheimer's disease...
April 24, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431219/genetic-analysis-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-3-untranslated-region-and-its-corresponding-micrornas-in-relation-to-parkinson-s-compared-to-dementia-with-lewy-bodies
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Lidia Tagliafierro, Omolara-Chinue Glenn, Madison E Zamora, Thomas G Beach, Randy L Woltjer, Michael W Lutz, Ornit Chiba-Falek
INTRODUCTION: The α-synuclein (SNCA) gene has been implicated in the etiology of Parkinson's disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). METHODS: A computational analysis of SNCA 3' untranslated region to identify potential microRNA (miRNA) binding sites and quantitative real-time PCR to determine their expression in isogenic induced pluripotent stem cell-derived dopaminergic and cholinergic neurons as a model of PD and DLB, respectively, were performed. In addition, we performed a deep sequencing analysis of the SNCA 3' untranslated region of autopsy-confirmed cases of PD, DLB, and normal controls, followed by genetic association analysis of the identified variants...
April 18, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431177/altered-functional-connectivity-in-idiopathic-rapid-eye-movement-sleep-behavior-disorder-a-resting-state-eeg-study
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Jun-Sang Sunwoo, Sanghun Lee, Jung-Hoon Kim, Jung-Ah Lim, Tae-Joon Kim, Jung-Ick Byun, Min Hee Jeong, Kwang Su Cha, Jeong Woo Choi, Kyung Hwan Kim, Soon-Tae Lee, Keun-Hwa Jung, Kyung-Il Park, Kon Chu, Manho Kim, Sang Kun Lee, Ki-Young Jung
Study Objectives: Idiopathic rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder (iRBD) is considered as a prodromal stage of synucleinopathy. Although loss of functional connectivity is implicated in neurodegenerative diseases, network characteristics of electroencephalography (EEG) in iRBD are unknown. Therefore, we evaluated resting-state EEG functional connectivity to identify the brain network changes in patients with iRBD. Methods: We prospectively enrolled 20 patients with polysomnography-confirmed iRBD and 16 control subjects...
April 18, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430289/evidence-from-spatial-pattern-analysis-for-the-anatomical-spread-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-pathology-in-parkinson-s-disease-dementia
#7
Richard A Armstrong
<i>The objective of this study was to determine whether there is evidence from quantitative morphometry and spatial pattern analysis to support the hypothesis of anatomical spread of -synuclein in Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD). Hence, clustering of -synuclein-immunoreactive Lewy bodies (LB), Lewy neurites (LN), and Lewy grains (LG) was studied in -synuclein-immunolabeled sections of cortical and limbic regions in 12 cases of PDD. The data suggested that: (1) LB, LN, and LG occurred in clusters which in 63% of regions were regularly distributed parallel to the tissue boundary, (2) in approximately 30% of cortical regions, the estimated cluster size of LB, LN, and LG was within the size range of cellular columns associated with the cortico-cortical pathways, (3) regularly distributed clusters were present in anatomically connected regions, and (4) the clustering pattern was similar to that of prion protein (PrPsc) deposits in Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (CJD)...
2017: Folia Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430167/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-modeling-of-gaucher-s-disease-what-have-we-learned
#8
REVIEW
Dino Matias Santos, Gustavo Tiscornia
Gaucher's disease (GD) is the most frequently inherited lysosomal storage disease, presenting both visceral and neurologic symptoms. Mutations in acid β-glucocerebrosidase disrupt the sphingolipid catabolic pathway promoting glucosylceramide (GlcCer) accumulation in lysosomes. Current treatment options are enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) and substrate reduction therapy (SRT). However, neither of these approaches is effective in treating the neurological aspect of the disease. The use of small pharmacological compounds that act as molecular chaperones is a promising approach that is still experimental...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424577/investigation-of-endocytic-pathways-for-the-internalization-of-exosome-associated-oligomeric-alpha-synuclein
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Marion Delenclos, Teodora Trendafilova, Divya Mahesh, Ann M Baine, Simon Moussaud, Irene K Yan, Tushar Patel, Pamela J McLean
Misfolding and aggregation of alpha-synuclein (αsyn) resulting in cytotoxicity is a hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD) and related synucleinopathies. The recent body of evidence indicates that αsyn can be released from neuronal cells by nonconventional exocytosis involving extracellular vesicles (EVs) such as exosomes. The transfer of αsyn between cells has been proposed to be an important mechanism of disease propagation in PD. To date, exosome trafficking mechanisms, including release and cell-cell transmission, have not been fully described...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420950/metallothionein-copper-and-alpha-synuclein-in-alpha-synucleinopathies
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REVIEW
Yuho Okita, Alexandre N Rcom-H'cheo-Gauthier, Michael Goulding, Roger S Chung, Peter Faller, Dean L Pountney
Metallothioneins (MTs) are proteins that function by metal exchange to regulate the bioavailability of metals, such as zinc and copper. Copper functions in the brain to regulate mitochondria, neurotransmitter production, and cell signaling. Inappropriate copper binding can result in loss of protein function and Cu(I)/(II) redox cycling can generate reactive oxygen species. Copper accumulates in the brain with aging and has been shown to bind alpha-synuclein and initiate its aggregation, the primary aetiological factor in Parkinson's disease (PD), and other alpha-synucleinopathies...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416701/defective-synaptic-connectivity-and-axonal-neuropathology-in-a-human-ipsc-based-model-of-familial-parkinson-s-disease
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Georgia Kouroupi, Era Taoufik, Ioannis S Vlachos, Konstantinos Tsioras, Nasia Antoniou, Florentia Papastefanaki, Dafni Chroni-Tzartou, Wolfgang Wrasidlo, Delphine Bohl, Dimitris Stellas, Panagiotis K Politis, Kostas Vekrellis, Dimitra Papadimitriou, Leonidas Stefanis, Piotr Bregestovski, Artemis G Hatzigeorgiou, Eliezer Masliah, Rebecca Matsas
α-Synuclein (αSyn) is the major gene linked to sporadic Parkinson's disease (PD), whereas the G209A (p.A53T) αSyn mutation causes a familial form of PD characterized by early onset and a generally severe phenotype, including nonmotor manifestations. Here we generated de novo induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from patients harboring the p.A53T mutation and developed a robust model that captures PD pathogenic processes under basal conditions. iPSC-derived mutant neurons displayed novel disease-relevant phenotypes, including protein aggregation, compromised neuritic outgrowth, and contorted or fragmented axons with swollen varicosities containing αSyn and Tau...
April 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411117/in-vitro-%C3%AE-synuclein-neurotoxicity-and-spreading-among-neurons-and-astrocytes-using-lewy-body-extracts-from-parkinson-disease-brains
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Fabio Cavaliere, Loic Cerf, Benjamin Dehay, Paula Ramos-Gonzalez, Francesca De Giorgi, Mathieu Bourdenx, Alban Bessede, Jose A Obeso, Carlos Matute, François Ichas, Erwan Bezard
Synucleinopathies are a group of diseases characterized by the presence of intracellular protein aggregates containing α-synuclein (α-syn). While α-syn aggregates have been shown to induce multimodal cellular dysfunctions, uptake and transport mechanisms remain unclear. Using high-content imaging on cortical neurons and astrocytes, we here define the kinetics of neuronal and astrocytic abnormalities induced by human-derived α-syn aggregates grounding the use of such system to identify and test putative therapeutic compounds...
April 11, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398476/glycation-potentiates-%C3%AE-synuclein-associated-neurodegeneration-in-synucleinopathies
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Hugo Vicente Miranda, Éva M Szego, Luís M A Oliveira, Carlo Breda, Ekrem Darendelioglu, Rita M de Oliveira, Diana G Ferreira, Marcos A Gomes, Ruth Rott, Márcia Oliveira, Francesca Munari, Francisco J Enguita, Tânia Simões, Eva F Rodrigues, Michael Heinrich, Ivo C Martins, Irina Zamolo, Olaf Riess, Carlos Cordeiro, Ana Ponces-Freire, Hilal A Lashuel, Nuno C Santos, Luisa V Lopes, Wei Xiang, Thomas M Jovin, Deborah Penque, Simone Engelender, Markus Zweckstetter, Jochen Klucken, Flaviano Giorgini, Alexandre Quintas, Tiago F Outeiro
α-Synuclein misfolding and aggregation is a hallmark in Parkinson's disease and in several other neurodegenerative diseases known as synucleinopathies. The toxic properties of α-synuclein are conserved from yeast to man, but the precise underpinnings of the cellular pathologies associated are still elusive, complicating the development of effective therapeutic strategies. Combining molecular genetics with target-based approaches, we established that glycation, an unavoidable age-associated post-translational modification, enhanced α-synuclein toxicity in vitro and in vivo, in Drosophila and in mice...
April 10, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394031/degeneration-of-rapid-eye-movement-sleep-circuitry-underlies-rapid-eye-movement-sleep-behavior-disorder
#14
REVIEW
Dillon McKenna, John Peever
During healthy rapid eye movement sleep, skeletal muscles are actively forced into a state of motor paralysis. However, in rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder-a relatively common neurological disorder-this natural process is lost. A lack of motor paralysis (atonia) in rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder allows individuals to actively move, which at times can be excessive and violent. At first glance this may sound harmless, but it is not because rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder patients frequently injure themselves or the person they sleep with...
April 10, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386127/amplification-of-distinct-%C3%AE-synuclein-fibril-conformers-through-protein-misfolding-cyclic-amplification
#15
Byung Chul Jung, Yoon-Ju Lim, Eun-Jin Bae, Jun Sung Lee, Min Sun Choi, Michael K Lee, He-Jin Lee, Yoon Suk Kim, Seung-Jae Lee
Amyloid fibril formation has been implicated in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases. Fibrillation generates numerous conformers. Presumably, the conformers may possess specific biological properties, thus providing a biochemical framework for strains of prions. However, the precise relationship between various fibril conformers and their pathogenic functions has not been determined because of limited accessibility to adequate amounts of fibrils from tissue samples. α-Synuclein is one such protein, and it has been implicated in Parkinson disease...
April 7, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382615/a-case-of-multiple-system-atrophy-with-preexisting-alzheimer-s-disease-and-predating-the-hot-cross-bun-sign
#16
Chi-Wei Lin, Chi-Yu Tseng, Chung-Ping Lo, Min-Chien Tu
PURPOSE: Synucleinopathy, tauopathy and amyloidopathy were classified as distinct clinical and pathological entities in traditional classification systems, and their interactions have been studied on neuropathology and molecular genetics recently. CASE REPORT: In this report, we present a 69-year-old male patient who had been diagnosed with probable Alzheimer's disease (AD) dementia due to progressive forgetfulness in February 2013. His Mini- Mental State Examination score was 21/30, and his Cognitive Abilities Screening Instrument score was 78/100, resulted from profound deficits in recent memory and abstract thinking domains...
December 15, 2016: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378233/multiple-system-atrophy-state-of-the-art
#17
REVIEW
Brice Laurens, Sylvain Vergnet, Miguel Cuina Lopez, Alexandra Foubert-Samier, François Tison, Pierre-Olivier Fernagut, Wassilios G Meissner
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a rare and fatal neurodegenerative disorder that is characterized by a variable combination of parkinsonism, cerebellar impairment, and autonomic dysfunction. Some symptomatic treatments are available while neuroprotection or disease-modification remain unmet treatment needs. The pathologic hallmark is the accumulation of aggregated alpha-synuclein (α-syn) in oligodendrocytes forming glial cytoplasmic inclusions, which qualifies MSA as synucleinopathy together with Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies...
May 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370358/disparate-genes-come-together-spatial-and-genetic-screens-point-to-disruptions-in-vesicle-trafficking-and-mrna-metabolism-in-synucleinopathies
#18
Rachel Underwood, Talene A Yacoubian
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 3, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364450/detecting-the-cognitive-prodrome-of-dementia-with-lewy-bodies-a-prospective-study-of-rem-sleep-behavior-disorder
#19
Daphné Génier Marchand, Jacques Montplaisir, Ronald B Postuma, Shady Rahayel, Jean-François Gagnon
Study Objectives: Long-term studies in REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) have shown a high rate of conversion into synucleinopathies. We aimed to prospectively follow-up a large cohort of RBD patients to identify cognitive markers for early detection of prodromal dementia. Methods: Seventy-six idiopathic RBD patients underwent polysomnography and a complete neuropsychological and neurological assessment and were then followed for a mean of 3.6 years. Cognitive characteristics at baseline were compared between patients who remained disease-free and those who developed a synucleinopathy, and between those who developed dementia first and those who developed parkinsonism first...
January 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364448/cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-of-neurodegeneration-are-decreased-or-normal-in-narcolepsy
#20
Poul Jørgen Jennum, Lars Østergaard Pedersen, Justyna Maria Czarna Bahl, Signe Modvig, Karina Fog, Anja Holm, Birgitte Rahbek Kornum, Steen Gammeltoft
Objectives: To investigate whether cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers of neurodegeneration are altered in narcolepsy in order to evaluate whether the hypocretin deficiency and abnormal sleep-wake pattern in narcolepsy leads to neurodegeneration. Methods: Twenty-one patients with central hypersomnia (10 type 1 narcolepsy, 5 type 2 narcolepsy, and 6 idiopathic hypersomnia cases), aged 33 years on average and with a disease duration of 2-29 years, and 12 healthy controls underwent CSF analyses of the levels of β-amyloid, total tau protein (T-tau), phosphorylated tau protein (P-tau181), α-synuclein, neurofilament light chain (NF-L), and chitinase 3-like protein-1 (CHI3L1)...
January 1, 2017: Sleep
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