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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181693/frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-tdp-with-multiple-system-atrophy-phenocopy-syndrome
#1
Ana Luísa Sousa, Ricardo Taipa, Niall Quinn, Tamas Revesz, Manuel Melo Pires, Marina Magalhães
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a neurodegenerative disorder presenting with parkinsonism, cerebellar involvement, autonomic dysfunction and pyramidal signs (1). Two main clinical subtypes of MSA are recognized: a parkinsonian-type (MSA-P) associated with predominant nigrostriatal degeneration and a cerebellar-type (MSA-C) with predominant olivopontocerebellar atrophy. A 'definite' diagnosis requires pathological confirmation with demonstration of glial cytoplasmic inclusions comprising alpha-synuclein protein aggregates (1)...
February 9, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174682/glucose-deprivation-regulates-the-progranulin-sortilin-axis-in-pc12-cells
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Ken-Ichi Kawashima, Yuri Ishiuchi, Miki Konnai, Saori Komatsu, Hitoshi Sato, Hideo Kawaguchi, Nobumitsu Miyanishi, Jérôme Lamartine, Masugi Nishihara, Taku Nedachi
Progranulin (PGRN) is a growth factor implicated in several neurodegenerative diseases, such as frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Despite its important role in the central nervous system (CNS), the mechanisms controlling PGRN expression in the CNS are largely unknown. Recent evidence, however, suggested that several stressors, such as hypoxia, acidosis, or oxidative stress, induce PGRN expression. The present study was mainly aimed at determining whether and, if so, how glucose deprivation affects PGRN expression in PC12 cells...
February 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167528/heat-shock-induced-phosphorylation-of-tar-dna-binding-protein-43-tdp-43-by-mapk-erk-kinase-regulates-tdp-43-function
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Wen Li, Ashley N Reeb, Binyan Lin, Praveen Subramanian, Erin E Fey, Catherine R Knoverek, Rachel L French, Eileen H Bigio, Yuna M Ayala
TAR DNA binding protein (TDP-43) is a highly conserved and essential DNA- and RNA-binding protein that controls gene expression through RNA processing, in particular, regulation of splicing. Intracellular aggregation of TDP-43 is a hallmark of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and ubiquitin-positive frontotemporal lobar degeneration. This TDP-43 pathology is also present in other types of neurodegeneration including Alzheimer's disease. We report here that TDP-43 is a substrate of MEK, a central kinase in the MAPK/ERK signaling pathway...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165465/apical-dendrite-degeneration-a-novel-cellular-pathology-for-betz-cells-in-als
#4
Barış Genç, Javier H Jara, Amiko K B Lagrimas, Peter Pytel, Raymond P Roos, M Marsel Mesulam, Changiz Geula, Eileen H Bigio, P Hande Özdinler
Apical dendrites of Betz cells are important sites for the integration of cortical input, however their health has not been fully assessed in ALS patients. We investigated the primary motor cortices isolated from post-mortem normal control subjects, patients with familial ALS (fALS), sporadic ALS (sALS), ALS with frontotemporal dementia (FTD-ALS), and Alzheimer's disease (AD), and found profound apical dendrite degeneration of Betz cells in both fALS and sALS, as well as FTD-ALS patients. In contrast, Betz cells of AD patients and normal controls retain cellular integrity in the motor cortex, and CA1 pyramidal neurons show abnormalities predominantly within their soma, rather than the apical dendrite...
February 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147269/altered-tau-isoform-ratio-caused-by-loss-of-fus-and-sfpq-function-leads-to-ftld-like-phenotypes
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Shinsuke Ishigaki, Yusuke Fujioka, Yohei Okada, Yuichi Riku, Tsuyoshi Udagawa, Daiyu Honda, Satoshi Yokoi, Kuniyuki Endo, Kensuke Ikenaka, Shinnosuke Takagi, Yohei Iguchi, Naruhiko Sahara, Akihiko Takashima, Hideyuki Okano, Mari Yoshida, Hitoshi Warita, Masashi Aoki, Hirohisa Watanabe, Haruo Okado, Masahisa Katsuno, Gen Sobue
Fused in sarcoma (FUS) and splicing factor, proline- and glutamine-rich (SFPQ) are RNA binding proteins that regulate RNA metabolism. We found that alternative splicing of the Mapt gene at exon 10, which generates 4-repeat tau (4R-T) and 3-repeat tau (3R-T), is regulated by interactions between FUS and SFPQ in the nuclei of neurons. Hippocampus-specific FUS- or SFPQ-knockdown mice exhibit frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD)-like behaviors, reduced adult neurogenesis, accumulation of phosphorylated tau, and hippocampal atrophy with neuronal loss through an increased 4R-T/3R-T ratio...
January 31, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133816/typical-and-atypical-pathology-in-primary-progressive-aphasia-variants
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Edoardo G Spinelli, Maria Luisa Mandelli, Zachary A Miller, Miguel A Santos-Santos, Stephen M Wilson, Federica Agosta, Lea T Grinberg, Eric J Huang, John Q Trojanowski, Marita Meyer, Maya L Henry, Giancarlo Comi, Gil Rabinovici, Howard J Rosen, Massimo Filippi, Bruce L Miller, William W Seeley, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini
OBJECTIVE: To characterize in vivo signatures of pathological diagnosis in a large cohort of patients with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) variants defined by current diagnostic classification. METHODS: Extensive clinical, cognitive, neuroimaging, and neuropathological data were collected from 69 patients with sporadic PPA, divided into 29 semantic (svPPA), 25 non-fluent (nfvPPA), 11 logopenic (lvPPA), and 4 mixed PPA. Patterns of grey matter (GM) and white matter (WM) atrophy at presentation were assessed and tested as predictors of pathological diagnosis using support vector machine (SVM) algorithms...
January 30, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130640/expansion-of-the-classification-of-ftld-tdp-distinct-pathology-associated-with-rapidly-progressive-frontotemporal-degeneration
#7
Edward B Lee, Sílvia Porta, G Michael Baer, Yan Xu, EunRan Suh, Linda K Kwong, Lauren Elman, Murray Grossman, Virginia M-Y Lee, David J Irwin, Vivianna M Van Deerlin, John Q Trojanowski
Frontotemporal lobar degeneration with TDP-43 inclusions (FTLD-TDP) can typically be categorized into one of four distinct histopathologic patterns of TDP-43 pathology, types A to D. The strength of this histopathologic classification lies in the association between FTLD-TDP subtypes and various clinical and genetic features of disease. Seven cases of FTLD-TDP were identified here which were difficult to classify based on existing pathologic criteria. Distinct features common to these cases included TDP-43 aggregates over a wide neuroanatomic distribution comprised of granulofilamentous neuronal inclusions, abundant grains, and oligodendroglial inclusions...
January 27, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130313/the-genetics-of-c9orf72-expansions
#8
Ilse Gijselinck, Marc Cruts, Christine Van Broeckhoven
Repeat expansions in the promoter region of C9orf72 are the most common genetic cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and related disorders of the ALS/frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) spectrum. Remarkable clinical heterogeneity among patients with a repeat expansion has been observed, and genetic anticipation over different generations has been suggested. Genetic factors modifying the clinical phenotype have been proposed, including genetic variation in other known disease genes, the genomic context of the C9orf72 repeat, and expanded repeat size, which has been estimated between 45 and several thousand units...
January 27, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129109/motor-coordinative-and-cognitive-dysfunction-caused-by-mutant-tdp-43-could-be-reversed-by-inhibiting-its-mitochondrial-localization
#9
Wenzhang Wang, Hiroyuki Arakawa, Luwen Wang, Ogoegbunam Okolo, Sandra L Siedlak, Yinfei Jiang, Ju Gao, Fei Xie, Robert B Petersen, Xinglong Wang
Dominant missense mutations in TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43) cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and the cytoplasmic accumulation of TDP-43 represents a pathological hallmark in ALS and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTD). Behavioral investigation of the transgenic mouse model expressing the disease-causing human TDP-43 M337V mutant (TDP-43(M337V) mice) is encumbered by premature death in homozygous transgenic mice and a reported lack of phenotype assessed by tail elevation and footprint in hemizygous transgenic mice...
January 4, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128723/white-matter-pathology-in-sporadic-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-with-tdp-43-proteinopathy
#10
Richard A Armstrong
AIMS: To characterize white matter pathology in frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) with TDP-43 proteinopathy (FTLD-TDP) and its relationship to gray matter pathology. MATERIAL: Fiber tracts from frontal and temporal lobes of 10 sporadic cases of FTLD and 8 controls. METHOD: Density and spatial patterns of vacuolation, glial cell nuclei, and glial inclusions (GI) were studied in 4 fiber tracts from each case. RESULTS: Densities of vacuoles but not glial cells were greater in FTLD-TDP than controls...
January 27, 2017: Clinical Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126008/elevated-tmem106b-levels-exaggerate-lipofuscin-accumulation-and-lysosomal-dysfunction-in-aged-mice-with-progranulin-deficiency
#11
Xiaolai Zhou, Lirong Sun, Owen Adam Brady, Kira A Murphy, Fenghua Hu
Mutations resulting in haploinsufficiency of progranulin (PGRN) cause frontotemporal lobar degeneration with TDP-43-positive inclusions (FTLD-TDP), a devastating neurodegenerative disease. Accumulating evidence suggest a crucial role of progranulin in maintaining proper lysosomal function during aging. TMEM106B has been identified as a risk factor for frontotemporal lobar degeneration with progranulin mutations and elevated mRNA and protein levels of TMEM106B are associated with increased risk for frontotemporal lobar degeneration...
January 26, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124431/c9orf72-and-atxn2-repeat-expansions-coexist-in-a-family-with-ataxia-dementia-and-parkinsonism
#12
Ming Zhang, Zhengrui Xi, Karen Misquitta, Christine Sato, Danielle Moreno, Yan Liang, Elizabeth Slow, Ekaterina Rogaeva, Maria Carmela Tartaglia
BACKGROUND: Intermediate interrupted ataxin 2 (ATXN2) alleles (27-33 CAG-repeats) increase the risk for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and are reported as modifiers in chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 (C9orf72) carriers, rendering susceptibility to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis rather than frontotemporal lobar degeneration. The clinical presentation of C9orf72 patients with pathogenic ATXN2 alleles (≥35 CAG-repeats) is unknown. METHODS: Blood samples were collected from a family affected by ataxia, dementia, and parkinsonism, but not amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
January 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106561/the-modified-frontal-behavioral-inventory-fbi-mod-for-patients-with-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-alzheimer-s-disease-and-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Noora-Maria Suhonen, Ilona Hallikainen, Tuomo Hänninen, Jari Jokelainen, Johanna Krüger, Anette Hall, Maria Pikkarainen, Hilkka Soininen, Anne M Remes
While behavioral symptoms are both early and prevalent features of behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), they can be present in other types of dementia as well, including Alzheimer's disease (AD) and even mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The Frontal Behavioral Inventory (FBI) was specifically developed to capture the behavioral and personality changes in bvFTD; it has also been modified into a self-administered caregiver questionnaire (FBI-mod). We examined the utility of the FBI-mod in differentiating bvFTD (n = 26), primary progressive aphasia (PPA) (n = 7), AD (n = 53), and MCI (n = 50) patients, and investigated how the FBI-mod may be associated with neuropsychological measures...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106550/factors-underpinning-caregiver-burden-in-frontotemporal-dementia-differ-in-spouses-and-their-children
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Cassandra Kaizik, Jashelle Caga, Julieta Camino, Claire M O'Connor, Colleen McKinnon, Jan R Oyebode, Olivier Piguet, John R Hodges, Eneida Mioshi
The objectives of this observational study were to (1) compare spousal and child caregiver burden; (2) compare co-resident and live-out child caregiver burden; and (3) investigate factors influencing spousal and child caregiver burden. Data was collected from 90 caregivers of people with frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) recruited from the Frontotemporal Dementia Research Group (Frontier) at Neuroscience Research, Australia. Of this caregiver group, 43 were spousal caregivers and 47 were child caregivers. Caregiver burden and emotional state were evaluated using the short Zarit Burden Interview and the short version of the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale-21...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100023/frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-pathogenesis-pathology-and-pathways-to-phenotype
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David Ma Mann, Julie S Snowden
Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD) is a clinically, pathologically and genetically heterogeneous group of disorders that affect principally the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. There are three major associated clinical syndromes, behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), semantic dementia (SD) and progressive non-fluent aphasia (PNFA); three principal histologies, involving tau, TDP-43 and FUS proteins; and mutations in three major genes, MAPT, GRN and C9orf72, along with several other less common gene mutations...
January 18, 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097206/-18-f-av-1451-pet-in-behavioral-variant-frontotemporal-dementia-due-to-mapt-mutation
#16
W Richard Bevan Jones, Thomas E Cope, Luca Passamonti, Tim D Fryer, Young T Hong, Franklin Aigbirhio, Jillian J Kril, Shelley L Forrest, Kieren Allinson, Jonathan P Coles, P Simon Jones, Maria G Spillantini, John R Hodges, John T O'Brien, James B Rowe
The validation of tau radioligands could improve the diagnosis of frontotemporal lobar degeneration and the assessment of disease-modifying therapies. Here, we demonstrate that binding of the tau radioligand [(18)F]AV-1451 was significantly abnormal in both magnitude and distribution in a patient with familial frontotemporal dementia due to a MAPT 10 + 16C>T gene mutation, recapitulating the pattern of neuropathology seen in her father. Given the genetic diagnosis and the non-Alzheimer's pathology, these findings suggest that [(18)F]AV-1451 might be a useful biomarker in primary tauopathies...
December 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095679/non-naturally-occurring-small-molecule-microtubule-stabilizing-agents-a-potential-tactic-for-cns-directed-therapies
#17
REVIEW
Carlo Ballatore, Kurt R Brunden, John Q Trojanowski, Virginia M-Y Lee, Amos B Smith
Several independent studies indicate that microtubule (MT)-stabilizing agents hold considerable promise as candidate therapeutics for a wide spectrum of conditions of the central nervous system (CNS), from brain tumors to spinal cord injury, as well as a number of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal lobar degeneration, Parkinson's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Although the identification and development of candidate compounds for CNS-directed MT-stabilizing therapies has been a challenge in drug discovery for many years, a growing number of molecules have now been identified that exhibit both MT-stabilizing activity and brain penetration...
18, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088213/glycine-alanine-dipeptide-repeat-protein-contributes-to-toxicity-in-a-zebrafish-model-of-c9orf72-associated-neurodegeneration
#18
Yu Ohki, Andrea Wenninger-Weinzierl, Alexander Hruscha, Kazuhide Asakawa, Koichi Kawakami, Christian Haass, Dieter Edbauer, Bettina Schmid
BACKGROUND: The most frequent genetic cause of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the expansion of a GGGGCC hexanucleotide repeat in a non-coding region of the chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 (C9orf72) locus. The pathological hallmarks observed in C9orf72 repeat expansion carriers are the formation of RNA foci and deposition of dipeptide repeat (DPR) proteins derived from repeat associated non-ATG (RAN) translation. Currently, it is unclear whether formation of RNA foci, DPR translation products, or partial loss of C9orf72 predominantly drive neurotoxicity in vivo...
January 14, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087828/tdp-43-pathology-and-memory-impairment-in-elders-without-pathologic-diagnoses-of-ad-or-ftld
#19
Sukriti Nag, Lei Yu, Robert S Wilson, Er-Yun Chen, David A Bennett, Julie A Schneider
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association of TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43) pathology with memory, other cognitive domains, and dementia in community-dwelling elders without pathologic diagnoses of Alzheimer disease (AD) or frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). METHODS: Of 1,058 autopsied participants, 343 (32.4%) did not have pathologic diagnoses of AD or FTLD. Diagnosis of dementia was based on clinical evaluation and cognitive performance tests, which were used to create summary measures of global cognition and of 5 cognitive domains...
January 13, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077166/threonine-175-a-novel-pathological-phosphorylation-site-on-tau-protein-linked-to-multiple-tauopathies
#20
Alexander J Moszczynski, Wencheng Yang, Robert Hammond, Lee Cyn Ang, Michael J Strong
Microtubule associated protein tau (tau) deposition is associated with a spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases collectively termed tauopathies. We have previously shown that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) with cognitive impairment (ALSci) is associated with tau phosphorylation at Thr(175) and that this leads to activation of GSK3β which then induces phosphorylation at tau Thr(231). This latter step leads to dissociation of tau from microtubules and pathological tau fibril formation. To determine the extent to which this pathway is unique to ALS, we have investigated the expression of pThr(175) tau and pThr(231) tau across a range of frontotemporal degenerations...
January 11, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
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