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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113604/tau-accumulation-in-two-patients-with-frontotemporal-lobe-degeneration-showing-different-types-of-aphasia-using-18f-thk-5351-positron-emission-tomography-a-case-report
#1
Masahiko Takaya, Kazunari Ishii, Chisa Hosokawa, Kazumasa Saigoh, Osamu Shirakawa
Tau deposits in Alzheimer's disease and corticobasal syndrome have been reported using 18F-THK-5351 positron emission tomography (PET). To our knowledge, our study is the first to demonstrate tau deposits in patients with frontotemporal lobe degeneration (FTLD), using 18F-THK-5351 PET. This case report presents two patients, both of whom showed positive Tau deposition using 18F-THK-5351 PET. One patient was diagnosed with semantic variant primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and the other diagnosed with logopenic variant PPA...
November 8, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105977/tau-pet-imaging-predicts-cognition-in-atypical-variants-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#2
Jeffrey S Phillips, Sandhitsu R Das, Corey T McMillan, David J Irwin, Emily E Roll, Fulvio Da Re, Ilya M Nasrallah, David A Wolk, Murray Grossman
Accumulation of paired helical filament tau contributes to neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease (AD). (18) F-flortaucipir is a positron emission tomography (PET) radioligand sensitive to tau in AD, but its clinical utility will depend in part on its ability to predict cognitive symptoms in diverse dementia phenotypes associated with selective, regional uptake. We examined associations between (18) F-flortaucipir and cognition in 14 mildly-impaired patients (12 with cerebrospinal fluid analytes consistent with AD pathology) who had amnestic (n = 5) and non-amnestic AD syndromes, including posterior cortical atrophy (PCA, n = 5) and logopenic-variant primary progressive aphasia (lvPPA, n = 4)...
November 6, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053874/tau-pathology-and-neurodegeneration-contribute-to-cognitive-impairment-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#3
Alexandre Bejanin, Daniel R Schonhaut, Renaud La Joie, Joel H Kramer, Suzanne L Baker, Natasha Sosa, Nagehan Ayakta, Averill Cantwell, Mustafa Janabi, Mariella Lauriola, James P O'Neil, Maria L Gorno-Tempini, Zachary A Miller, Howard J Rosen, Bruce L Miller, William J Jagust, Gil D Rabinovici
Neuropathological and in vivo studies have revealed a tight relationship between tau pathology and cognitive impairment across the Alzheimer's disease spectrum. However, tau pathology is also intimately associated with neurodegeneration and amyloid pathology. The aim of the present study was therefore to assess whether grey matter atrophy and amyloid pathology contribute to the relationship between tau pathology, as measured with 18F-AV-1451-PET imaging, and cognitive deficits in Alzheimer's disease. We included 40 amyloid-positive patients meeting criteria for mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer's disease (n = 5) or probable Alzheimer's disease dementia (n = 35)...
October 7, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039275/visuospatial-functioning-in-the-primary-progressive-aphasias
#4
Christa L Watson, Katherine Possin, I Elaine Allen, H Isabel Hubbard, Marita Meyer, Ariane E Welch, Gil D Rabinovici, Howard Rosen, Katherine P Rankin, Zachary Miller, Miguel A Santos-Santos, Joel H Kramer, Bruce L Miller, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to identify whether the three main primary progressive aphasia (PPA) variants would show differential profiles on measures of visuospatial cognition. We hypothesized that the logopenic variant would have the most difficulty across tasks requiring visuospatial and visual memory abilities. METHODS: PPA patients (n=156), diagnosed using current criteria, and controls were tested on a battery of tests tapping different aspects of visuospatial cognition...
October 17, 2017: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28969381/distinct-spatiotemporal-patterns-of-neuronal-functional-connectivity-in-primary-progressive-aphasia-variants
#5
Kamalini G Ranasinghe, Leighton B Hinkley, Alexander J Beagle, Danielle Mizuiri, Susanne M Honma, Ariane E Welch, Isabel Hubbard, Maria Luisa Mandelli, Zachary A Miller, Coleman Garrett, Alice La, Adam L Boxer, John F Houde, Bruce L Miller, Keith A Vossel, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini, Srikantan S Nagarajan
Primary progressive aphasia is a syndrome characterized by progressive loss of language abilities with three main phenotypic clinical presentations, including logopenic, non-fluent/agrammatic, and semantic variants. Previous imaging studies have shown unique anatomic impacts within language networks in each variant. However, direct measures of spontaneous neuronal activity and functional integrity of these impacted neural networks in primary progressive aphasia are lacking. The aim of this study was to characterize the spatial and temporal patterns of resting state neuronal synchronizations in primary progressive aphasia syndromes...
October 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879086/emotion-detection-deficits-and-changes-in-personality-traits-linked-to-loss-of-white-matter-integrity-in-primary-progressive-aphasia
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Namita Multani, Sebastiano Galantucci, Stephen M Wilson, Tal Shany-Ur, Pardis Poorzand, Matthew E Growdon, Jung Yun Jang, Joel H Kramer, Bruce L Miller, Katherine P Rankin, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini, Maria Carmela Tartaglia
Non-cognitive features including personality changes are increasingly recognized in the three PPA variants (semantic-svPPA, non fluent-nfvPPA, and logopenic-lvPPA). However, differences in emotion processing among the PPA variants and its association with white matter tracts are unknown. We compared emotion detection across the three PPA variants and healthy controls (HC), and related them to white matter tract integrity and cortical degeneration. Personality traits in the PPA group were also examined in relation to white matter tracts...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813486/differentiating-between-subtypes-of-primary-progressive-aphasia-and-mild-cognitive-impairment-on-a-modified-version-of-the-frontal-behavioral-inventory
#7
Donna C Tippett, Carol B Thompson, Cornelia Demsky, Rajani Sebastian, Amy Wright, Argye E Hillis
Behavioral assessment has been investigated in frontotemporal lobar degeneration and Alzheimer's disease, but has not been explored extensively in subtypes of primary progressive aphasia (PPA). We explored the ability of a modified version of the Frontal Behavioral Inventory (FBI-mod) to discriminate between patients with distinct subtypes of PPA and patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). We hypothesized that individuals with nonfluent agrammatic PPA (nfaPPA) would have higher negative behavior scores than other groups and that individuals with semantic variant PPA (svPPA) would have higher disinhibition scores than other groups...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803444/atypical-parkinsonian-syndromes-a-general-neurologist-s-perspective
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Angela B Deutschländer, Owen A Ross, Dennis W Dickson, Zbigniew K Wszolek
The differential diagnosis of atypical parkinsonian syndromes is challenging. These severe and often rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disorders are clinically heterogeneous and show significant phenotypic overlap. Here we review clinical, imaging, neuropathologic and genetic features of multiple system atrophy (MSA), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). The terms CBD and FTLD refer to pathologically confirmed cases of corticobasal syndrome (CBS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD)...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803212/data-driven-classification-of-patients-with-primary-progressive-aphasia
#9
Paul Hoffman, Seyed Ahmad Sajjadi, Karalyn Patterson, Peter J Nestor
Current diagnostic criteria classify primary progressive aphasia into three variants-semantic (sv), nonfluent (nfv) and logopenic (lv) PPA-though the adequacy of this scheme is debated. This study took a data-driven approach, applying k-means clustering to data from 43 PPA patients. The algorithm grouped patients based on similarities in language, semantic and non-linguistic cognitive scores. The optimum solution consisted of three groups. One group, almost exclusively those diagnosed as svPPA, displayed a selective semantic impairment...
November 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796011/the-nature-and-natural-history-of-posterior-cortical-atrophy-syndrome-a-variant-of-early-onset-alzheimer-disease
#10
Peter K Panegyres, Judy Goh, Michael McCarthy, Andrew I Campbell
A prospective longitudinal evaluation of 12 patients over a 16-year interval using clinical neurological and imaging data to determine whether posterior cortical atrophy syndrome (PCA) related to early-onset Alzheimer disease (AD) and to examine its natural history. Our 12 patients had a median age of onset of 56 years (range, 48 to 63 y) and were followed for a median of 6 years (range, 3 to 9 y). Patients either presented with complex visual phenomena or developed them with time. Six patients underwent flurodeoxyglucose and Pittsburgh investigational compound B imaging which showed a mismatch between metabolic activity and amyloid deposition with reduced metabolism in parieto-occipital regions on flurodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography and diffuse neocortical uptake of amyloid without occipital predominance...
August 8, 2017: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757671/slowed-articulation-rate-is-a-sensitive-diagnostic-marker-for-identifying-non-fluent-primary-progressive-aphasia
#11
Claire Cordella, Bradford C Dickerson, Megan Quimby, Yana Yunusova, Jordan R Green
BACKGROUND: Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is a neurodegenerative aphasic syndrome with three distinct clinical variants: non-fluent (nfvPPA), logopenic (lvPPA), and semantic (svPPA). Speech (non-) fluency is a key diagnostic marker used to aid identification of the clinical variants, and researchers have been actively developing diagnostic tools to assess speech fluency. Current approaches reveal coarse differences in fluency between subgroups, but often fail to clearly differentiate nfvPPA from the variably fluent lvPPA...
2017: Aphasiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747523/-18-f-flortaucipir-pet-mri-correlations-in-non-amnestic-and-amnestic-variants-of-alzheimer-disease
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Ilya M Nasrallah, Yin Jie Chen, Meng-Kang Hsieh, Jeffrey S Philips, Kylie Ternes, Grace Stockbower, Yvette Sheline, Corey T McMillan, Murray Grossman, David A Wolk
Non-amnestic Alzheimer disease (AD) variants, including posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) and logopenic variant of primary progressive aphasia (lvPPA), differ in distributions of tau aggregates and neurodegeneration compared to amnestic AD. We evaluated whether (18)F-flortaucipir (also called (18)F-AV-1451) Positron Emission Tomography (PET), targeting tau aggregates, detects these differences and compared this to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measures of gray matter (GM) atrophy. Methods: 5 PCA, 4 lvPPA, 6 age-matched AD, and 6 control subjects underwent (18)F-flortaucipir PET and MRI...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713256/baseline-performance-predicts-tdcs-mediated-improvements-in-language-symptoms-in-primary-progressive-aphasia
#13
Eric M McConathey, Nicole C White, Felix Gervits, Sherry Ash, H Branch Coslett, Murray Grossman, Roy H Hamilton
Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) is a neurodegenerative condition characterized by insidious irreversible loss of language abilities. Prior studies suggest that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) directed toward language areas of the brain may help to ameliorate symptoms of PPA. In the present sham-controlled study, we examined whether tDCS could be used to enhance language abilities (e.g., picture naming) in individuals with PPA variants primarily characterized by difficulties with speech production (non-fluent and logopenic)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675901/visual-ratings-of-medial-temporal-lobe-atrophy-correlate-with-csf-tau-indices-in-clinical-variants-of-early-onset-alzheimer-disease
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Elias Granadillo, Pongsatorn Paholpak, Mario F Mendez, Edmond Teng
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Prior studies of late-onset Alzheimer disease (AD) have reported that cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) tau levels correlate with hippocampal/medial temporal lobe atrophy. These findings suggest that CSF tau indices in AD may reflect tau-related neurodegeneration in the medial temporal lobe. However, it remains uncertain whether elevated CSF tau levels in the clinically heterogeneous subtypes of early-onset AD (EOAD; amnestic, posterior cortical atrophy [PCA], and logopenic progressive aphasia [LPA]) are attributable to similar underlying mechanisms...
2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662598/comparing-the-effects-of-clinician-and-caregiver-administered-lexical-retrieval-training-for-progressive-anomia
#15
Stephanie M Grasso, Kaleigh M Shuster, Maya L Henry
There is a growing body of literature indicating that lexical retrieval training can result in improved naming ability in individuals with neurodegenerative disease. Traditionally, treatment is administered by a speech-language pathologist, with little involvement of caregivers or carry-over of practice into the home. This study examined the effects of a lexical retrieval training programme that was implemented first by a clinician and, subsequently, by a trained caregiver. Two dyads, each consisting of one individual with anomia caused by neurodegenerative disease (one with mild cognitive impairment and one with logopenic primary progressive aphasia) and their caregiver, participated in the study...
June 30, 2017: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659753/neural-correlates-of-verbal-episodic-memory-and-lexical-retrieval-in-logopenic-variant-primary-progressive-aphasia
#16
Khaing T Win, John Pluta, Paul Yushkevich, David J Irwin, Corey T McMillan, Katya Rascovsky, David Wolk, Murray Grossman
Objective: Logopenic variant primary progressive aphasia (lvPPA) is commonly associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology. But lvPPA patients display different cognitive and anatomical profile from the common clinical AD patients, whose verbal episodic memory is primarily affected. Reports of verbal episodic memory difficulty in lvPPA are inconsistent, and we hypothesized that their lexical retrieval impairment contributes to verbal episodic memory performance and is associated with left middle temporal gyrus atrophy...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624827/qualitative-assessment-of-verbal-fluency-performance-in-frontotemporal-dementia
#17
Esther van den Berg, Lize C Jiskoot, Mariëlle J H Grosveld, John C van Swieten, Janne M Papma
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Verbal fluency is impaired in patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and primary progressive aphasia (PPA). This study explored qualitative differences in verbal fluency (clustering of words, switching between strategies) between FTD and PPA variants. METHODS: Twenty-nine patients with behavioral variant FTD (bvFTD) and 50 with PPA (13 nonfluent/agrammatic, 14 semantic, and 23 logopenic) performed a semantic and letter fluency task. Clustering (number of multiword strings) and switching (number of transitions between clustered and nonclustered words) were recorded by two independent raters...
2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571652/functional-neuroanatomy-of-speech-signal-decoding-in-primary-progressive-aphasias
#18
Chris J D Hardy, Jennifer L Agustus, Charles R Marshall, Camilla N Clark, Lucy L Russell, Emilie V Brotherhood, Rebecca L Bond, Cassidy M Fiford, Sasha Ondobaka, David L Thomas, Sebastian J Crutch, Jonathan D Rohrer, Jason D Warren
The pathophysiology of primary progressive aphasias remains poorly understood. Here, we addressed this issue using activation fMRI in a cohort of 27 patients with primary progressive aphasia (nonfluent, semantic, and logopenic variants) versus 15 healthy controls. Participants listened passively to sequences of spoken syllables in which we manipulated 3-key auditory speech signal characteristics: temporal regularity, phonemic spectral structure, and pitch sequence entropy. Relative to healthy controls, nonfluent variant patients showed reduced activation of medial Heschl's gyrus in response to any auditory stimulation and reduced activation of anterior cingulate to temporal irregularity...
August 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549937/is-learning-episodic-memory-distinct-cognitive-and-neuroanatomic-correlates-of-immediate-recall-during-learning-trials-in-neurologically-normal-aging-and-neurodegenerative-cohorts
#19
K B Casaletto, G Marx, S Dutt, J Neuhaus, R Saloner, L Kritikos, B Miller, J H Kramer
Although commonly interpreted as a marker of episodic memory during neuropsychological exams, relatively little is known regarding the neurobehavior of "total learning" immediate recall scores. Medial temporal lobes are clearly associated with delayed recall performances, yet immediate recall may necessitate networks beyond traditional episodic memory. We aimed to operationalize cognitive and neuroanatomic correlates of total immediate recall in several aging syndromes. Demographically-matched neurologically normal adults (n=91), individuals with Alzheimer's disease (n=566), logopenic variant primary progressive aphasia (PPA) (n=34), behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (n=97), semantic variant PPA (n=71), or nonfluent/agrammatic variant PPA (n=39) completed a neurocognitive battery, including the CVLT-Short Form trials 1-4 Total Immediate Recall; a majority subset also completed a brain MRI...
July 28, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532703/reading-difficulties-in-primary-progressive-aphasia-in-a-regular-language-speaking-cohort-of-patients
#20
Jordi A Matías-Guiu, Fernando Cuetos, María Nieves Cabrera-Martín, María Valles-Salgado, Teresa Moreno-Ramos, José Luis Carreras, Jorge Matías-Guiu
Reading impairment is an important feature in Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA). The Spanish orthography entails completely regular spelling to sound correspondences, so reading disorders may be different to English. In the current study, reading, phonological and semantic abilities of 35 patients with the three variants of PPA, and 13 healthy volunteers were assessed. Brain metabolism was concomitantly obtained from each participant using (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography imaging. Two main patterns of impairment were identified: difficulties in nonwords reading with preservation of exception words in agrammatic and logopenic aphasia, and the inverse pattern in semantic dementia...
July 1, 2017: Neuropsychologia
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