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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088213/glycine-alanine-dipeptide-repeat-protein-contributes-to-toxicity-in-a-zebrafish-model-of-c9orf72-associated-neurodegeneration
#1
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
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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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073925/progranulin-regulates-lysosomal-function-and-biogenesis-through-acidification-of-lysosomes
#4
Yoshinori Tanaka, Genjiro Suzuki, Takashi Matsuwaki, Masato Hosokawa, Geidy Serrano, Thomas G Beach, Keitaro Yamanouchi, Masato Hasegawa, Masugi Nishihara
Progranulin (PGRN) haploinsufficiency resulting from loss-of-function mutations in the PGRN gene causes frontotemporal lobar degeneration accompanied by TDP-43 accumulation, and patients with homozygous mutations in the PGRN gene present with neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis. Although it remains unknown why PGRN deficiency causes neurodegenerative diseases, there is increasing evidence that PGRN is implicated in lysosomal functions. Here, we show PGRN is a secretory lysosomal protein that regulates lysosomal function and biogenesis by controlling the acidification of lysosomes...
January 10, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070672/opposing-effects-of-progranulin-deficiency-on-amyloid-and-tau-pathologies-via-microglial-tyrobp-network
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Hideyuki Takahashi, Zoe A Klein, Sarah M Bhagat, Adam C Kaufman, Mikhail A Kostylev, Tsuneya Ikezu, Stephen M Strittmatter
Progranulin (PGRN) is implicated in Alzheimer's disease (AD) as well as frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Genetic studies demonstrate an association of the common GRN rs5848 variant that results in reduced PGRN levels with increased risk for AD. However, the mechanisms by which PGRN reduction from the GRN AD risk variant or mutation exacerbates AD pathophysiology remain ill defined. Here, we show that the GRN AD risk variant has no significant effects on florbetapir positron emission tomographic amyloid imaging and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) Aβ levels, whereas it is associated with increased CSF tau levels in human subjects of the Alzheimer's disease neuroimaging initiative studies...
January 9, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067298/widespread-temporo-occipital-lobe-dysfunction-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Kristian Loewe, Judith Machts, Jörn Kaufmann, Susanne Petri, Hans-Jochen Heinze, Christian Borgelt, Joseph Allen Harris, Stefan Vielhaber, Mircea Ariel Schoenfeld
Recent studies suggest that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) lie on a single clinical continuum. However, previous neuroimaging studies have found only limited involvement of temporal lobe regions in ALS. To better delineate possible temporal lobe involvement in ALS, the present study aimed to examine changes in functional connectivity across the whole brain, particularly with regard to extra-motor regions, in a group of 64 non-demented ALS patients and 38 healthy controls...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062563/pathology-of-neurodegenerative-diseases
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Brittany N Dugger, Dennis W Dickson
Neurodegenerative disorders are characterized by progressive loss of selectively vulnerable populations of neurons, which contrasts with select static neuronal loss because of metabolic or toxic disorders. Neurodegenerative diseases can be classified according to primary clinical features (e.g., dementia, parkinsonism, or motor neuron disease), anatomic distribution of neurodegeneration (e.g., frontotemporal degenerations, extrapyramidal disorders, or spinocerebellar degenerations), or principal molecular abnormality...
January 6, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058507/als-ftld-experimental-models-and-reality
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Rachel H Tan, Yazi D Ke, Lars M Ittner, Glenda M Halliday
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is characterised by a loss of upper and lower motor neurons and characteristic muscle weakness and wasting, the most common form being sporadic disease with neuronal inclusions containing the tar DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43). Frontotemporal lobar degeneration is characterised by atrophy of the frontal and/or temporal lobes, the most common clinical form being the behavioural variant, in which neuronal inclusions containing either TDP-43 or 3-repeat tau are most prevalent. Although the genetic mutations associated with these diseases have allowed various experimental models to be developed, the initial genetic forms identified remain the most common models employed to date...
January 5, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040728/cytoplasmic-poly-ga-aggregates-impair-nuclear-import-of-tdp-43-in-c9orf72-als-ftld
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Bahram Khosravi, Hannelore Hartmann, Stephanie May, Christoph Möhl, Helena Ederle, Meike Michaelsen, Martin H Schludi, Dorothee Dormann, Dieter Edbauer
A repeat expansion in the non-coding region of C9orf72 gene is the most common mutation causing frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Sense and antisense transcripts are translated into aggregating dipeptide repeat (DPR) proteins in all reading frames (poly-GA,-GP,-GR,-PA and -PR) through an unconventional mechanism. How these changes contribute to cytoplasmic mislocalization and aggregation of TDP-43 and thereby ultimately lead to neuron loss remains unclear. The repeat RNA itself and poly-GR/PR have been linked to impaired nucleocytoplasmic transport...
December 30, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038340/spatio-temporal-and-kinematic-gait-analysis-in-patients-with-frontotemporal-dementia-and-alzheimer-s-disease-through-3d-motion-capture
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Rosaria Rucco, Valeria Agosti, Francesca Jacini, Pierpaolo Sorrentino, Pasquale Varriale, Manuela De Stefano, Graziella Milan, Patrizia Montella, Giuseppe Sorrentino
Alzheimer's disease (AD) and behavioral variant of Frontotemporal Dementia (bvFTD) are characterized respectively by atrophy in the medial temporal lobe with memory loss and prefrontal and anterior temporal degeneration with dysexecutive syndrome. In this study, we hypothesized that specific gait patterns are induced by either frontal or temporal degeneration. To test this hypothesis, we studied the gait pattern in bvFTD (23) and AD (22) patients in single and dual task ("motor" and "cognitive") conditions...
December 21, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031997/cortical-asymmetry-in-parkinson-s-disease-early-susceptibility-of-the-left-hemisphere
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Daniel O Claassen, Katherine E McDonell, Manus Donahue, Shiv Rawal, Scott A Wylie, Joseph S Neimat, Hakmook Kang, Peter Hedera, David Zald, Bennett Landman, Benoit Dawant, Swati Rane
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Clinically, Parkinson's disease (PD) presents with asymmetric motor symptoms. The left nigrostriatal system appears more susceptible to early degeneration than the right, and a left-lateralized pattern of early neuropathological changes is also described in several neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia, and Huntington's disease. In this study, we evaluated hemispheric differences in estimated rates of atrophy in a large, well-characterized cohort of PD patients...
December 2016: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018269/theory-of-mind-and-its-neuropsychological-and-quality-of-life-correlates-in-the-early-stages-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Francesca Trojsi, Mattia Siciliano, Antonio Russo, Carla Passaniti, Cinzia Femiano, Teresa Ferrantino, Stefania De Liguoro, Luigi Lavorgna, Maria R Monsurrò, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Gabriella Santangelo
This study aims to explore the potential impairment of Theory of Mind (ToM; i.e., the ability to represent cognitive and affective mental states to both self and others) and the clinical, neuropsychological and Quality of Life (QoL) correlates of these cognitive abnormalities in the early stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a multisystem neurodegenerative disease recently recognized as a part of the same clinical and pathological spectrum of frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Twenty-two consecutive, cognitively intact ALS patients, and 15 healthy controls, underwent assessment of executive, verbal comprehension, visuospatial, behavioral, and QoL measures, as well as of the ToM abilities by Emotion Attribution Task (EAT), Advanced Test of ToM (ATT), and Eyes Task (ET)...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010125/proposed-association-between-the-hexanucleotide-repeat-of-c9orf72-and-opposability-index-of-the-thumb
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Zhongbo Chen, Kuang Lin, Jeffrey D Macklis, Ammar Al-Chalabi
OBJECTIVE: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal disease caused by motor neuron and sub-cerebral projection neuron degeneration. We sought to explore the particular susceptibility of humans to neurodegeneration and whether any characteristic human features might predispose to selective vulnerability of the critical motor circuitry in ALS. The pathophysiology of the C9orf72 repeat is not yet understood, despite its role as a common cause of ALS and frontotemporal dementia. METHODS: We examined the development of the monosynaptic cortico-motoneuronal system, key to skilled hand movements, measured by the thumb opposability index, and its relationship to the C9orf72 hexanucleotide repeat expansion, a strong predisposing factor for neurodegeneration, using the genomic tool BLAST...
December 23, 2016: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007900/extensive-cryptic-splicing-upon-loss-of-rbm17-and-tdp43-in-neurodegeneration-models
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Qiumin Tan, Hari Krishna Yalamanchili, Jeehye Park, Antonia De Maio, Hsiang-Chih Lu, Ying-Wooi Wan, Joshua J White, Vitaliy V Bondar, Layal S Sayegh, Xiuyun Liu, Yan Gao, Roy V Sillitoe, Harry T Orr, Zhandong Liu, Huda Y Zoghbi
Splicing regulation is an important step of post-transcriptional gene regulation. It is a highly dynamic process orchestrated by RNA-binding proteins (RBPs). RBP dysfunction and global splicing dysregulation have been implicated in many human diseases, but the in vivo functions of most RBPs and the splicing outcome upon their loss remain largely unexplored. Here we report that constitutive deletion of Rbm17, which encodes an RBP with a putative role in splicing, causes early embryonic lethality in mice and that its loss in Purkinje neurons leads to rapid degeneration...
October 7, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005562/neuropsychological-testing-in-pathologically-verified-alzheimer-disease-and-frontotemporal-dementia-how-well-do-the-uniform-data-set-measures-differentiate-between-diseases
#15
Aaron R Ritter, Gabriel C Leger, Justin B Miller, Sarah J Banks
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Differences in cognition between frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and Alzheimer disease (AD) are well described in clinical cohorts, but have rarely been confirmed in studies with pathologic verification. For emerging therapeutics to succeed, determining underlying pathology early in the disease course is increasingly important. Neuropsychological evaluation is an important component of the diagnostic workup for AD and FTD. Patients with FTD are thought to have greater deficits in language and executive function while patients with AD are more likely to have deficits in memory...
December 21, 2016: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999880/-pathomechanisms-and-clinical-aspects-of-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration
#16
REVIEW
K Bürger, T Arzberger, J Stephan, J Levin, D Edbauer
BACKGROUND: Frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) includes a spectrum of heterogeneous clinical and neuropathological diseases. In a strict sense this includes the behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) and primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and both variants can be associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (FTD-ALS). In a broader sense FTLD also includes progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and corticobasal syndrome (CBS). In recent years the strong genetic component of FTLD has become increasingly clear...
December 20, 2016: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997993/longitudinal-imaging-reveals-sub-hippocampal-dynamics-in-glutamate-levels-associated-with-histopathologic-events-in-a-mouse-model-of-tauopathy-and-healthy-mice
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Rachelle Crescenzi, Catherine DeBrosse, Ravi P R Nanga, Matthew D Byrne, Guruprasad Krishnamoorthy, Kevin D'Aquilla, Hari Nath, Knashawn H Morales, Michiyo Iba, Hari Hariharan, Virginia M Y- Lee, John A Detre, Ravinder Reddy
Tauopathies are neurodegenerative disorders characterized by abnormal intracellular aggregates of tau protein, and include Alzheimer's disease, corticobasal degeneration, frontotemporal dementia, and traumatic brain injury. Glutamate metabolism is altered in neurodegenerative disorders manifesting in higher or lower concentrations of glutamate, its transporters or receptors. Previously, glutamate chemical exchange saturation transfer (GluCEST) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated that glutamate levels are reduced in regions of synapse loss in the hippocampus of a mouse model of late-stage tauopathy...
December 20, 2016: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997711/alzheimer-neuropathology-without-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-hallmarks-tar-dna-binding-protein-43-inclusions-in-missense-progranulin-mutation-cys139arg
#18
Veronica Redaelli, Giacomina Rossi, Emanuela Maderna, Gabor G Kovacs, Elena Piccoli, Paola Caroppo, Francesca Cacciatore, Sonia Spinello, Marina Grisoli, Giuliano Sozzi, Andrea Salmaggi, Fabrizio Tagliavini, Giorgio Giaccone
Null mutations in progranulin gene (GRN) reduce the progranulin production resulting in haploinsufficiency and are tightly associated with tau-negative frontotemporal lobar degeneration with TAR DNA-binding protein 43-positive inclusions (FTLD-TDP). Missense mutations of GRN were also identified, but their effects are not completely clear, in particular unanswered is the question of what neuropathology they elicit, also considering that their occurrence has been reported in patients with typical clinical features of Alzheimer disease...
December 20, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933416/positron-emission-tomography-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-towards-targeting-of-molecular-pathological-hallmarks
#19
Stefanie M A Willekens, Donatienne Van Weehaeghe, Philip Van Damme, Koen Van Laere
During the past decades, extensive efforts have been made to expand the knowledge of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, clinical translation of this research, in terms of earlier diagnosis and improved therapy, remains challenging. Since more than 30% of motor neurons are lost when symptoms become clinically apparent, techniques allowing non-invasive, in vivo detection of motor neuron degeneration are needed in the early, pre-symptomatic disease stage. Furthermore, it has become apparent that non-motor signs play an important role in the disease and there is an overlap with cognitive disorders, such as frontotemporal dementia (FTD)...
December 8, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929803/an-autopsy-verified-case-of-ftld-tdp-type-a-with-upper-motor-neuron-predominant-motor-neuron-disease-mimicking-mm2-thalamic-type-sporadic-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease
#20
Yuichi Hayashi, Yasushi Iwasaki, Akira Takekoshi, Nobuaki Yoshikura, Takahiko Asano, Maya Mimuro, Akio Kimura, Katsuya Satoh, Tetsuyuki Kitamoto, Mari Yoshida, Takashi Inuzuka
Here we report an autopsy-verified case of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD)-transactivation responsive region (TAR) DNA binding protein (TDP) type A with upper motor neuron-predominant motor neuron disease mimicking MM2-thalamic-type sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD). A 69-year-old woman presented with an 11-month history of progressive dementia, irritability, insomnia, and gait disturbance without a family history of dementia or prion disease. Neurological examination revealed severe dementia, frontal signs, and exaggerated bilateral tendon reflexes...
November 2016: Prion
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