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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336296/serotonin-and-dopamine-transporter-pet-changes-in-the-premotor-phase-of-lrrk2-parkinsonism-cross-sectional-studies
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Daryl J Wile, Pankaj A Agarwal, Michael Schulzer, Edwin Mak, Katherine Dinelle, Elham Shahinfard, Nasim Vafai, Kazuko Hasegawa, Jing Zhang, Jessamyn McKenzie, Nicole Neilson, Audrey Strongosky, Ryan J Uitti, Mark Guttman, Cyrus P Zabetian, Yu-Shin Ding, Mike Adam, Jan Aasly, Zbigniew K Wszolek, Matthew Farrer, Vesna Sossi, A Jon Stoessl
BACKGROUND: People with Parkinson's disease can show premotor neurochemical changes in the dopaminergic and non-dopaminergic systems. Using PET, we assessed whether dopaminergic and serotonin transporter changes are similar in LRRK2 mutation carriers with Parkinson's disease and individuals with sporadic Parkinson's disease, and whether LRRK2 mutation carriers without motor symptoms show PET changes. METHODS: We did two cross-sectional PET studies at the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada...
March 20, 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334554/rapid-establishment-of-the-european-bank-for-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-ebisc-the-hot-start-experience
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Paul A De Sousa, Rachel Steeg, Elisabeth Wachter, Kevin Bruce, Jason King, Marieke Hoeve, Shalinee Khadun, George McConnachie, Julie Holder, Andreas Kurtz, Stefanie Seltmann, Johannes Dewender, Sascha Reimann, Glyn Stacey, Orla O'Shea, Charlotte Chapman, Lyn Healy, Heiko Zimmermann, Bryan Bolton, Trisha Rawat, Isobel Atkin, Anna Veiga, Bernd Kuebler, Blanca Miranda Serano, Tomo Saric, Jürgen Hescheler, Oliver Brüstle, Michael Peitz, Cornelia Thiele, Niels Geijsen, Bjørn Holst, Christian Clausen, Majlinda Lako, Lyle Armstrong, Shailesh K Gupta, Alexander J Kvist, Ryan Hicks, Anna Jonebring, Gabriella Brolén, Andreas Ebneth, Alfredo Cabrera-Socorro, Patrik Foerch, Martine Geraerts, Tina C Stummann, Shawn Harmon, Carol George, Ian Streeter, Laura Clarke, Helen Parkinson, Peter W Harrison, Adam Faulconbridge, Luca Cherubin, Tony Burdett, Cesar Trigueros, Minal J Patel, Christa Lucas, Barry Hardy, Rok Predan, Joh Dokler, Maja Brajnik, Oliver Keminer, Ole Pless, Philip Gribbon, Carsten Claussen, Annette Ringwald, Beate Kreisel, Aidan Courtney, Timothy E Allsopp
A fast track "Hot Start" process was implemented to launch the European Bank for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (EBiSC) to provide early release of a range of established control and disease linked human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) lines. Established practice amongst consortium members was surveyed to arrive at harmonised and publically accessible Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs) for tissue procurement, bio-sample tracking, iPSC expansion, cryopreservation, qualification and distribution to the research community...
March 7, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334424/frequency-and-function-in-the-basal-ganglia-the-origins-of-beta-and-gamma-band-activity
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Alexander Blenkinsop, Sean Anderson, Kevin Gurney
Neural oscillations in the basal ganglia are well studied yet remain poorly understood. Behavioural correlates of spectral activity are well described, yet a quantitative hypothesis linking time domain dynamics and spectral properties to basal ganglia function has been lacking. We show, for the first time, that a unified description is possible by interpreting previously ignored structure in data describing GPi responses to cortical stimulation. These data were used to expose a pair of distinctive neuronal responses to the stimulation...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293679/research-conference-summary-from-the-2014-international-task-force-on-atp1a3-related-disorders
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Hendrik Rosewich, Matthew T Sweney, Suzanne DeBrosse, Kevin Ess, Laurie Ozelius, Eva Andermann, Frederick Andermann, Gene Andrasco, Alice Belgrade, Allison Brashear, Sharon Ciccodicola, Lynn Egan, Alfred L George, Aga Lewelt, Joshua Magelby, Mario Merida, Tara Newcomb, Vicky Platt, Dominic Poncelin, Sandra Reyna, Masayuki Sasaki, Marcio Sotero de Menezes, Kathleen Sweadner, Louis Viollet, Mary Zupanc, Kenneth Silver, Kathryn Swoboda
OBJECTIVE: ATP1A3-related neurologic disorders encompass a broad range of phenotypes that extend well beyond initial phenotypic criteria associated with alternating hemiplegia of childhood (AHC) and rapid-onset dystonia parkinsonism. METHODS: In 2014, the Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation hosted a multidisciplinary workshop intended to address fundamental challenges surrounding the diagnosis and management of individuals with ATP1A3-related disorders...
April 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276701/genomics-of-apicomplexan-parasites
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Lakshmipuram Seshadri Swapna, John Parkinson
The increasing prevalence of infections involving intracellular apicomplexan parasites such as Plasmodium, Toxoplasma, and Cryptosporidium (the causative agents of malaria, toxoplasmosis, and cryptosporidiosis, respectively) represent a significant global healthcare burden. Despite their significance, few treatments are available; a situation that is likely to deteriorate with the emergence of new resistant strains of parasites. To lay the foundation for programs of drug discovery and vaccine development, genome sequences for many of these organisms have been generated, together with large-scale expression and proteomic datasets...
February 22, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228579/network-wide-oscillations-in-the-parkinsonian-state-alterations-in-neuronal-activities-occur-in-the-premotor-cortex-in-parkinsonian-non-human-primates
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Jing Wang, Luke A Johnson, Alicia L Jensen, Kenneth B Baker, Jerrold L Vitek
A number of studies suggest that Parkinson's disease (PD) is associated with alterations of neuronal activity patterns in the basal-ganglia-thalamocortical circuit. There are limited electrophysiological data, however, describing how premotor cortex, which is involved in movement and decision making, is likely impacted in PD. In this study, spontaneous local field potential (LFP) and single unit neuronal activity were recorded in the dorsal premotor area of non-human primates in both the naïve and parkinsonian state using the MPTP model of parkinsonism...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108265/palliative-care-and-parkinson-s-disease-meeting-summary-and-recommendations-for-clinical-research
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REVIEW
Benzi M Kluger, Siobhán Fox, Suzanne Timmons, Maya Katz, Nicholas B Galifianakis, Indu Subramanian, Julie H Carter, Miriam J Johnson, Edward W Richfield, David Bekelman, Jean S Kutner, Janis Miyasaki
INTRODUCTION: Palliative care is an approach to caring for patients and families affected by serious illnesses that focuses on the relief of suffering through the management of medical symptoms, psychosocial issues, advance care planning and spiritual wellbeing. Over the past decade there has been an emerging clinical and research interest in the application of palliative care approaches to Parkinson's disease (PD) and outpatient palliative care services are now offered by several movement disorders centers...
January 11, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087060/personality-in-parkinson-s-disease-clinical-behavioural-and-cognitive-correlates
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REVIEW
Gabriella Santangelo, Fausta Piscopo, Paolo Barone, Carmine Vitale
Affective disorders and personality changes have long been considered pre-motor aspects of Parkinson's disease (PD). Many authors have used the term "premorbid personality" to define distinctive features of PD patients' personality characterized by reduced exploration of new environmental stimuli or potential reward sources ("novelty seeking") and avoidance behaviour ("harm avoidance") present before motor features. The functional correlates underlying the personality changes described in PD, implicate dysfunction of meso-cortico-limbic and striatal circuits...
March 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069931/the-search-for-a-peripheral-biopsy-indicator-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-pathology-for-parkinson-disease
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REVIEW
John M Lee, Pascal Derkinderen, Jeffrey H Kordower, Roy Freeman, David G Munoz, Thomas Kremer, Wagner Zago, Samantha J Hutten, Charles H Adler, Geidy E Serrano, Thomas G Beach
The neuropathological hallmark of Parkinson disease (PD) is abnormal accumulation of α-synuclein (α-syn). Demonstrating pathological α-syn in live patients would be useful for identifying and monitoring PD patients. To date, however, imaging and biofluid approaches have not permitted premortem assessment of pathological α-syn. α-syn pathology in the peripheral nervous system of patients with PD has been demonstrated in studies dating back more than 40 years. More recent work suggests that colon, submandibular gland and skin biopsies could be useful as expedient biomarkers but histological differentiation of pathological and normal peripheral α-syn has been challenging and multiple research groups have reported variable results...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050656/the-recommendations-of-a-consensus-panel-for-the-screening-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-neurogenic-orthostatic-hypotension-and-associated-supine-hypertension
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REVIEW
Christopher H Gibbons, Peter Schmidt, Italo Biaggioni, Camille Frazier-Mills, Roy Freeman, Stuart Isaacson, Beverly Karabin, Louis Kuritzky, Mark Lew, Phillip Low, Ali Mehdirad, Satish R Raj, Steven Vernino, Horacio Kaufmann
Neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (nOH) is common in patients with neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease, multiple system atrophy, pure autonomic failure, dementia with Lewy bodies, and peripheral neuropathies including amyloid or diabetic neuropathy. Due to the frequency of nOH in the aging population, clinicians need to be well informed about its diagnosis and management. To date, studies of nOH have used different outcome measures and various methods of diagnosis, thereby preventing the generation of evidence-based guidelines to direct clinicians towards 'best practices' when treating patients with nOH and associated supine hypertension...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008361/fuzzy-logic-based-risk-of-fall-estimation-using-smartwatch-data-as-a-means-to-form-an-assistive-feedback-mechanism-in-everyday-living-activities
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Dimitrios E Iakovakis, Fotini A Papadopoulou, Leontios J Hadjileontiadis
This Letter aims to create a fuzzy logic-based assistive prevention tool for falls, based on accessible sensory technology, such as smartwatch, resulting in monitoring of the risk factors of falls caused by orthostatic hypotension (OH); a drop in systolic blood pressure (DSBP) >20 mmHg due to postural changes. Epidemiological studies have shown that OH is a high risk factor for falls and has a strong impact in quality of life (QoL) of the elderly's, especially for some cases such as Parkinsonians. Based on smartwatch data, it is explored here how statistical features of heart rate variability (HRV) can lead to DSBP prediction and estimation of the risk of fall...
December 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926449/the-role-of-dopamine-in-the-pathophysiology-and-treatment-of-apathy
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T T-J Chong, M Husain
Disorders of diminished motivation, such as apathy, are common and prevalent across a wide range of medical conditions, including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's dementia, stroke, depression, and schizophrenia. Such disorders have a significant impact on morbidity and quality of life, yet their management lacks consensus and remains unsatisfactory. Here, we review laboratory and clinical evidence for the use of dopaminergic therapies in the treatment of apathy. Dopamine is a key neurotransmitter that regulates motivated decision making in humans and other species...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911344/patient-perspectives-on-deep-brain-stimulation-clinical-research-in-early-stage-parkinson-s-disease
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Lauren Heusinkveld, Mallory Hacker, Maxim Turchan, Madelyn Bollig, Christina Tamargo, William Fisher, Lauren McLaughlin, Adria Martig, David Charles
The FDA has approved a multicenter, double-blind, Phase III, pivotal trial testing deep brain stimulation (DBS) in 280 people with very early stage Parkinson's disease (PD; IDE#G050016). In partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, we conducted a survey to investigate motivating factors, barriers, and gender differences among potentially eligible patients for participation in a trial testing DBS in early PD compared to standard medical treatment. The majority of survey respondents (72%) indicated they would consider learning more about participating...
2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865980/aging-of-cerebral-white-matter
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REVIEW
Huan Liu, Yuanyuan Yang, Yuguo Xia, Wen Zhu, Rehana K Leak, Zhishuo Wei, Jianyi Wang, Xiaoming Hu
White matter (WM) occupies a large volume of the human cerebrum and is mainly composed of myelinated axons and myelin-producing glial cells. The myelinated axons within WM are the structural foundation for efficient neurotransmission between cortical and subcortical areas. Similar to neuron-enriched gray matter areas, WM undergoes a series of changes during the process of aging. WM malfunction can induce serious neurobehavioral and cognitive impairments. Thus, age-related changes in WM may contribute to the functional decline observed in the elderly...
March 2017: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858719/regular-exercise-quality-of-life-and-mobility-in-parkinson-s-disease-a%C3%A2-longitudinal-analysis-of-national-parkinson-foundation-quality-improvement-initiative-data
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Miriam R Rafferty, Peter N Schmidt, Sheng T Luo, Kan Li, Connie Marras, Thomas L Davis, Mark Guttman, Fernando Cubillos, Tanya Simuni
BACKGROUND: Research-based exercise interventions improve health-related quality of life (HRQL) and mobility in people with Parkinson's disease (PD). OBJECTIVE: To examine whether exercise habits were associated with changes in HRQL and mobility over two years. METHODS: We identified a cohort of National Parkinson Foundation Quality Improvement Initiative (NPF-QII) participants with three visits. HRQL and mobility were measured with the Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire (PDQ-39) and Timed Up and Go (TUG)...
2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716510/molecular-diversity-of-midbrain-development-in-mouse-human-and-stem-cells
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Gioele La Manno, Daniel Gyllborg, Simone Codeluppi, Kaneyasu Nishimura, Carmen Salto, Amit Zeisel, Lars E Borm, Simon R W Stott, Enrique M Toledo, J Carlos Villaescusa, Peter Lönnerberg, Jesper Ryge, Roger A Barker, Ernest Arenas, Sten Linnarsson
Understanding human embryonic ventral midbrain is of major interest for Parkinson's disease. However, the cell types, their gene expression dynamics, and their relationship to commonly used rodent models remain to be defined. We performed single-cell RNA sequencing to examine ventral midbrain development in human and mouse. We found 25 molecularly defined human cell types, including five subtypes of radial glia-like cells and four progenitors. In the mouse, two mature fetal dopaminergic neuron subtypes diversified into five adult classes during postnatal development...
October 6, 2016: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27692902/dnm3-and-genetic-modifiers-of-age-of-onset-in-lrrk2-gly2019ser-parkinsonism-a-genome-wide-linkage-and-association-study
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Joanne Trinh, Emil K Gustavsson, Carles Vilariño-Güell, Stephanie Bortnick, Jeanne Latourelle, Marna B McKenzie, Chelsea Szu Tu, Ekaterina Nosova, Jaskaran Khinda, Austen Milnerwood, Suzanne Lesage, Alexis Brice, Meriem Tazir, Jan O Aasly, Laura Parkkinen, Hazal Haytural, Tatiana Foroud, Richard H Myers, Samia Ben Sassi, Emna Hentati, Fatma Nabli, Emna Farhat, Rim Amouri, Fayçal Hentati, Matthew J Farrer
BACKGROUND: Leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) mutation 6055G→A (Gly2019Ser) accounts for roughly 1% of patients with Parkinson's disease in white populations, 13-30% in Ashkenazi Jewish populations, and 30-40% in North African Arab-Berber populations, although age of onset is variable. Some carriers have early-onset parkinsonism, whereas others remain asymptomatic despite advanced age. We aimed to use a genome-wide approach to identify genetic variability that directly affects LRRK2 Gly2019Ser penetrance...
November 2016: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27622968/medication-use-in-people-with-late-stage-parkinson-s-disease-and-parkinsonism-living-at-home-and-in-institutional-care-in-north-east-england-a-balance-of-symptoms-and-side-effects
#18
Annette Hand, William K Gray, Lloyd L Oates, Megan Woolford, Anna Todd, Elizabeth Bale, Catherine Jones, Brian H Wood, Richard W Walker
BACKGROUND: People with Parkinson's disease (PD) and parkinsonism living in care homes (residential or nursing care) in the UK represent around 10-15% of all people with PD and 3-5% of all care home residents. There are few previous data on medication use in those living in care homes with PD. In this study we aimed to compare medication use in a representative cohort of people with PD living in care homes in north-east England with those living in their own homes. METHOD: All people with late stage (Hoehn and Yahr III-V) idiopathic PD, PD dementia, or atypical parkinsonian syndromes under the care of the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust PD service on 1st January 2015 were identified...
September 2, 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27505901/clinical-assessments-as-predictors-of-primary-on-road-outcomes-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Sherrilene Classen, Jeffrey D Holmes, Liliana Alvarez, Katherine Loew, Ashley Mulvagh, Kayla Rienas, Victoria Walton, Wenqing He
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects fitness to drive. Research that has examined clinical predictors of fitness to drive in PD, using the on-road assessment as the gold standard, has generally used a dichotomous pass/fail decision. However, on-road assessments may also result in one of two additional outcomes (pass with recommendations, or fail-remediable). Individuals within these subgroups may benefit from interventions to improve their fitness to drive abilities. This study investigated clinical predictors that could be indicative of the pass, pass with recommendations, or fail-remediable categories for drivers with PD (N = 99)...
October 2015: OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27460631/developmental-exposure-to-paraquat-and-maneb-can-impair-cognition-learning-and-memory-in-sprague-dawley-rats
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Bai Li, Xi He, Yan Sun, Baixiang Li
Paraquat and maneb are identified environmental pollutants. Combined exposure to paraquat and maneb is a latent risk factor for many diseases, particularly those of the central nervous system, including Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Hippocampus is the key structure in memory formation and babies are more sensitive to environmental stimuli than adults, so we investigated the neurotoxicity of paraquat and maneb on the hippocampi of rat pups. Female and male Sprague-Dawley rats were mated (female : male = 2 : 1) every night for a week...
October 20, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
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