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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758946/gut-microbiome-is-altered-in-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease
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Zhen-Qian Zhuang, Lin-Lin Shen, Wei-Wei Li, Xue Fu, Fan Zeng, Li Gui, Yang Lü, Min Cai, Chi Zhu, Yin-Ling Tan, Peng Zheng, Hui-Yun Li, Jie Zhu, Hua-Dong Zhou, Xian-Le Bu, Yan-Jiang Wang
Previous studies suggest that gut microbiota is associated with neuropsychiatric disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and depression. However, whether the composition and diversity of gut microbiota is altered in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) remain largely unknown. In the present study, we collected fecal samples from 43 AD patients and 43 age- and gender-matched cognitively normal controls. 16S ribosomal RNA sequencing technique was used to analyze the microbiota composition in feces...
May 11, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29744796/arterial-spin-labeling-reveals-relationships-between-resting-cerebral-perfusion-and-motor-learning-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Amy Barzgari, Jitka Sojkova, N Maritza Dowling, Vincent Pozorski, Ozioma C Okonkwo, Erika J Starks, Jennifer Oh, Frances Thiesen, Alexandra Wey, Christopher R Nicholas, Sterling Johnson, Catherine L Gallagher
Parkinson's disease (PD) is an age-related neurodegenerative disease that produces changes in movement, cognition, sleep, and autonomic function. Motor learning involves acquisition of new motor skills through practice, and is affected by PD. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate regional differences in resting cerebral blood flow (rCBF), measured using arterial spin labeling (ASL) MRI, during a finger-typing task of motor skill acquisition in PD patients compared to age- and gender-matched controls...
May 9, 2018: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736590/anatomical-predictors-of-cognitive-decline-after-subthalamic-stimulation-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Vincent Planche, Fanny Munsch, Bruno Pereira, Emmanuel de Schlichting, Tiphaine Vidal, Jerome Coste, Dominique Morand, Ingrid de Chazeron, Philippe Derost, Bérangère Debilly, Pierre-Michel Llorca, Jean-Jacques Lemaire, Ana Marques, Franck Durif
We investigated whether pre-operative MRI measures of focal brain atrophy could predict cognitive decline occurring after deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). For that purpose, we prospectively collected data of 42 consecutive patients with PD who underwent bilateral STN-DBS. Normalized brain structure volumes and cortical thicknesses were measured on pre-operative T1-weighted MRI. Patients were tested for their cognitive performances before surgery and 1 year after...
May 7, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29692703/pleiotropic-effects-of-variants-in-dementia-genes-in-parkinson-disease
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Laura Ibanez, Umber Dube, Albert A Davis, Maria V Fernandez, John Budde, Breanna Cooper, Monica Diez-Fairen, Sara Ortega-Cubero, Pau Pastor, Joel S Perlmutter, Carlos Cruchaga, Bruno A Benitez
Background: The prevalence of dementia in Parkinson disease (PD) increases dramatically with advancing age, approaching 80% in patients who survive 20 years with the disease. Increasing evidence suggests clinical, pathological and genetic overlap between Alzheimer disease, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia with PD. However, the contribution of the dementia-causing genes to PD risk, cognitive impairment and dementia in PD is not fully established. Objective: To assess the contribution of coding variants in Mendelian dementia-causing genes on the risk of developing PD and the effect on cognitive performance of PD patients...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672668/distinct-effects-of-apathy-and-dopamine-on-effort-based-decision-making-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Campbell Le Heron, Olivia Plant, Sanjay Manohar, Yuen-Siang Ang, Matthew Jackson, Graham Lennox, Michele T Hu, Masud Husain
Effort-based decision-making is a cognitive process crucial to normal motivated behaviour. Apathy is a common and disabling complication of Parkinson's disease, but its aetiology remains unclear. Intriguingly, the neural substrates associated with apathy also subserve effort-based decision-making in animal models and humans. Furthermore, the dopaminergic system plays a core role in motivating effortful behaviour for reward, and its dysfunction has been proposed to play a crucial role in the aetiology of apathy in Parkinson's disease...
April 17, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29627023/motor-and-non-motor-features-of-parkinson-s-disease-in-lrrk2-g2019s-carriers-versus-matched-controls
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Steven A Gunzler, David E Riley, Shu G Chen, Curtis M Tatsuoka, William M Johnson, John J Mieyal, Ellen M Walter, Christina M Whitney, I Jung Feng, Harry Owusu-Dapaah, Shivam O Mittal, Amy L Wilson-Delfosse
INTRODUCTION: LRRK2 G2019S mutation carriers with Parkinson's disease (PD) have been generally indistinguishable from those with idiopathic PD, with the exception of variable differences in some motor and non-motor domains, including cognition, gait, and balance. LRRK2 G2019S is amongst the most common genetic etiologies for PD, particularly in Ashkenazi Jewish (AJ) populations. METHODS: This cross-sectional data collection study sought to clarify the phenotype of LRRK2 G2019S mutation carriers with PD...
May 15, 2018: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29610105/cortical-thinning-and-cognitive-impairment-in-parkinson-s-disease-without-dementia
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Lijun Zhang, Ming Wang, Nicholas W Sterling, Eun-Young Lee, Paul J Eslinger, Daymond Wagner, Guangwei Du, Mechelle M Lewis, Young Truong, F DuBois Bowman, Xuemei Huang
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized clinically by motor dysfunction (bradykinesia, rigidity, tremor, and postural instability), and pathologically by the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra of the basal ganglia. Growing literature supports that cognitive deficits may also be present in PD, even in non-demented patients. Gray matter (GM) atrophy has been reported in PD and may be related to cognitive decline. This study investigated cortical thickness in non-demented PD subjects and elucidated its relationship to cognitive impairment using high-resolution T1-weighted brain MRI and comprehensive cognitive function scores from 71 non-demented PD and 48 control subjects matched for age, gender, and education...
March 2018: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29571867/excessive-daytime-sleepiness-may-be-associated-with-caudate-denervation-in-parkinson-disease
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Tayyabah Yousaf, Gennaro Pagano, Flavia Niccolini, Marios Politis
Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is one of the earliest and most common non-motor symptoms of PD, substantially impacting on patient's quality of life. Using the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative database, we performed a case-control study to investigate whether dopaminergic deficit is associated with the development of EDS using dopaminergic specific single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) molecular imaging of dopamine transporters (DAT). We enrolled 84 early de novo PD patients with EDS and 84 without EDS, who were matched for age, gender, age of diagnosis, years of education and disease duration...
April 15, 2018: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29501802/alteration-of-the-fecal-microbiota-in-chinese-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Yiwei Qian, Xiaodong Yang, Shaoqing Xu, Chunyan Wu, Yanyan Song, Nan Qin, Sheng-Di Chen, Qin Xiao
Emerging evidences suggest that gut microbiota dysbiosis plays a role in Parkinson's disease (PD). However, the alterations in fecal microbiome in Chinese PD patients remains unknown. This case-control study was conducted to explore fecal microbiota compositions in Chinese PD patients. Microbiota communities in the feces of 45 patients and their healthy spouses were investigated using high-throughput Illumina Miseq sequencing targeting the V3-V4 region of 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene. The relationships between fecal microbiota and PD clinical characteristics were analyzed...
May 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29497374/are-hypometric-anticipatory-postural-adjustments-contributing-to-freezing-of-gait-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Christian Schlenstedt, Martina Mancini, Jay Nutt, Amie P Hiller, Walter Maetzler, Günther Deuschl, Fay Horak
Introduction: This study aims at investigating whether impaired anticipatory postural adjustments (APA) during gait initiation contribute to the occurrence of freezing of gait (FOG) or whether altered APAs compensate for FOG in Parkinson's disease (PD). Methods: Gait initiation after 30 s quiet stance was analyzed without and with a cognitive dual task (DT) in 33 PD subjects with FOG (PD+FOG), 30 PD subjects without FOG (PD-FOG), and 32 healthy controls (HC). APAs were characterized with inertial sensors and muscle activity of the tensor fasciae latae (TFL), gastrocnemius, and tibialis anterior was captured with electromyography recordings...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444783/mortality-and-quality-of-death-certification-in-a-cohort-of-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-and-matched-controls-in-north-wales-uk-at-18-years-a-community-based-cohort-study
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Peter Hobson, Jolyon Meara
OBJECTIVE: This investigation reports the cause and the quality of death certification in a community cohort of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and controls at 18 years. SETTING: Denbighshire North Wales, UK. PARTICIPANTS: The community-based cohorts consisted of 166 patients with PD and 102 matched controls. PRIMARY OUTCOMES: All-cause mortality was ascertained at 18 years by review of hospitals' primary care records and examination of death certificates obtained from the UK General Register Office...
February 14, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29414287/symbol-digit-modalities-test-adaptation-for-magnetic-resonance-imaging-environment-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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P H R Silva, C T Spedo, A A Barreira, R F Leoni
BACKGROUND: The Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT) is widely used for cognitive evaluation of information processing speed (IPS), required in many cognitive operations. Despite being unspecific for different neurological disorders, it is sensitive to assess impaired performance related to stroke, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury, and multiple sclerosis. However, in addition to evaluate the presence and severity of IPS impairment, it is of interest to determine the localization and integration of brain regions responsible for the functions assessed by the SDMT...
February 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29406916/quantitative-transcranial-sonography-in-wilson-s-disease-and-healthy-controls-cut-off-values-and-functional-correlates
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Gotthard G Tribl, Mateus C Trindade, Kelson James Almeida, Rosana Cardoso Alves, Daniel Ciampi de Andrade, Erich T Fonoff, Alexandre A Machado, Manoel J Teixeira, Egberto R Barbosa, Edson Bor-Seng-Shu
To compare transcranial sonography (TCS) findings in patients with predominantly neurological Wilson's disease (WD) to those from controls, and to correlate TCS data with the clinical profile of WD. Patients with WD (n=40/f=18) and healthy, matched controls (n=49/f=20) were assessed in terms of TCS, serum copper and iron parameters, and clinical scales, such as the Unified Wilson's Disease Rating Scale (UWDRS), Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination-Revised (ACE-R), Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE), and Beck Depression Inventory...
February 15, 2018: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29392081/trefoil-factor-3-cholinesterase-and-homocysteine-potential-predictors-for-parkinson-s-disease-dementia-and-vascular-parkinsonism-dementia-in-advanced-stage
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Jing Zou, Zhigang Chen, Caiqian Liang, Yongmei Fu, Xiaobo Wei, Jianjun Lu, Mengqiu Pan, Yue Guo, Xinxue Liao, Huifang Xie, Duobin Wu, Min Li, Lihui Liang, Penghua Wang, Qing Wang
Trefoil factor 3 (TFF3), cholinesterase activity (ChE activity) and homocysteine (Hcy) play critical roles in modulating recognition, learning and memory in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD) and vascular parkinsonism with dementia (VPD). However, whether they can be used as reliable predictors to evaluate the severity and progression of PDD and VPD remains largely unknown. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study that included 92 patients with PDD, 82 patients with VPD and 80 healthy controls...
February 2018: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29360609/a-model-based-quantification-of-action-control-deficits-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Mathieu Servant, Nelleke van Wouwe, Scott A Wylie, Gordon D Logan
Basal ganglia dysfunction in Parkinson's disease (PD) is thought to generate deficits in action control, but the characterization of these deficits have been qualitative rather than quantitative. Patients with PD typically show prolonged response times on tasks that instantiate a conflict between goal-directed processing and automatic response tendencies. In the Simon task, for example, the irrelevant location of the stimulus automatically activates a corresponding lateralized response, generating a potential conflict with goal-directed choices...
March 2018: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306636/clinical-correlates-of-cerebral-white-matter-abnormalities-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Bibet L Ten Harmsen, Anouke van Rumund, Marjolein B Aerts, Mayra I Bergkamp, Rianne A J Esselink, Edo Richard, Frederick J A Meijer, Bastiaan R Bloem, Daniel J van Wamelen
OBJECTIVE: To determine if autonomic dysfunction, cognitive disorders or axial disability are associated with white matter lesions (WML) in Parkinson disease (PD). METHODS: We performed a retrospective cross-sectional review study on 204 consecutive PD patients who underwent cerebral MRI in our center between January 2012 and July 2016. For each patient, we scored the severity of WML and PV (periventricular) WML using the Fazekas score and using the ARWMC scale for WML and BG (basal ganglia) and clinical characteristics such as neurogenic orthostatic hypotension and cognitive function...
April 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280981/%C3%AE-n-methylamino-l-alanine-bmaa-toxicity-is-gender-and-exposure-age-dependent-in-rats
#17
Laura Louise Scott, Timothy Grant Downing
Cyanobacterial β- N -methylamino- L -alanine (BMAA) has been suggested as a causative or contributory factor in the development of several neurodegenerative diseases. However, no BMAA animal model has adequately shown clinical or behavioral symptoms that correspond to those seen in either Alzheimer's Disease (AD), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Parkinson's Disease (PD). We present here the first data that show that when neonatal rats were exposed to BMAA on postnatal days 3, 4 and 5, but not on gestational day 14 or postnatally on days 7 or 10, several AD and/or PD-related behavioral, locomotor and cognitive deficits developed...
December 27, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238390/modulatory-effect-of-association-of-brain-stimulation-by-light-and-binaural-beats-in-specific-brain-waves
#18
Mauricio Rocha Calomeni, Vernon Furtado da Silva, Bruna Brandão Velasques, Olavo Guimarães Feijó, Juliana Marques Bittencourt, Alair Pedro Ribeiro de Souza E Silva
Introduction: One of the positive effects of brain stimulation is interhemispheric modulation as shown in some scientific studies. This study examined if a type of noninvasive stimulation using binaural beats with led-lights and sound would show different modulatory effects upon Alfa and SMR brain waves of elderlies and children with some disease types. Subjects: The sample included 75 individuals of both genders, being, randomly, divided in 6 groups. Groups were named elderly without dementia diagnosis (EWD), n=15, 76±8 years, elderly diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (EDP), n=15, 72±7 years, elderly diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease (EDA), n=15, 81±6 years...
2017: Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health: CP & EMH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233608/reverters-from-pd-mci-to-cognitively-intact-are-at-risk-for-future-cognitive-impairment-analysis-of-the-ppmi-cohort
#19
Jacob D Jones, Taylor P Kuhn, Sarah M Szymkowicz
INTRODUCTION: Past studies have shown that a large portion of individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) will revert to a cognitively intact (CI) status in the future. Aging studies have shown that individuals who revert from MCI to CI are at increased risk for reconverting to MCI or dementia in the future. The current study examined if individuals who revert from PD-mild cognitive impairment (PD-MCI) to CI will be at increased risk for future PD-MCI and Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD)...
February 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205509/cerebrospinal-fluid-plasma-and-saliva-in-the-biofind-study-relationships-among-biomarkers-and-parkinson-s-disease-features
#20
Jennifer G Goldman, Howard Andrews, Amy Amara, Anna Naito, Roy N Alcalay, Leslie M Shaw, Peggy Taylor, Tao Xie, Paul Tuite, Claire Henchcliffe, Penelope Hogarth, Samuel Frank, Marie-Helene Saint-Hilaire, Mark Frasier, Vanessa Arnedo, Alyssa N Reimer, Margaret Sutherland, Christine Swanson-Fischer, Katrina Gwinn, Un Jung Kang
OBJECTIVE: Examine relationships among neurodegenerative biomarkers and PD motor and nonmotor symptoms. BACKGROUND: CSF alpha-synuclein is decreased in PD versus healthy controls, but whether plasma and saliva alpha-synuclein differentiate these groups is controversial. Correlations of alpha-synuclein among biofluids (CSF, plasma, saliva) or biomarkers (eg, beta-amyloid, tau [total, phosphorylated]) are not fully understood. The relationships of these biomarkers with PD clinical features remain unclear...
February 2018: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
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