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Primary progressive dementia

Celeste Sassi, Michael A Nalls, Perry G Ridge, Jesse R Gibbs, Michelle K Lupton, Claire Troakes, Katie Lunnon, Safa Al-Sarraj, Kristelle S Brown, Christopher Medway, Jenny Lord, James Turton, Jose Bras, Sonja Blumenau, Mareike Thielke, Christa Josties, Dorette Freyer, Annette Dietrich, Monia Hammer, Michael Baier, Ulrich Dirnagl, Kevin Morgan, John F Powell, John S Kauwe, Carlos Cruchaga, Alison M Goate, Andrew B Singleton, Rita Guerreiro, Angela Hodges, John Hardy
Mendelian adult-onset leukodystrophies are a spectrum of rare inherited progressive neurodegenerative disorders affecting the white matter of the central nervous system. Among these, cerebral autosomal dominant and recessive arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy, cerebroretinal vasculopathy, metachromatic leukodystrophy, hereditary diffuse leukoencephalopathy with spheroids, and vanishing white matter disease present with rapidly progressive dementia as dominant feature and are caused by mutations in NOTCH3, HTRA1, TREX1, ARSA, CSF1R, EIF2B1, EIF2B2, EIF2B3, EIF2B4, and EIF2B5, respectively...
February 2, 2018: Neurobiology of Aging
Zhang Huihong, Wang Pan, Zhang Chunfeng, Wang Yan, Zhang Hui, Cai Li, Zhou Yuying
Objectives: Cognition and speech disorders are the most common symptoms of dementia in neurodegenerative disease. Here, we present a detailed clinical evaluation of a case of logopenic variant of primary progressive aphasia (lv-PPA), an atypical form of Alzheimer disease (AD), including cognitive testing over time, brain imaging, electrophysiology, and tests of olfactory function. Case report: We present the case of a 58-year-old man suffering from progressive language difficulties who was finally diagnosed with lv-PPA...
2018: Translational Neuroscience
Lieke H H Meeter, Everard G Vijverberg, Marta Del Campo, Annemieke J M Rozemuller, Laura Donker Kaat, Frank Jan de Jong, Wiesje M van der Flier, Charlotte E Teunissen, John C van Swieten, Yolande A L Pijnenburg
OBJECTIVE: To examine the clinical value of neurofilament light chain (NfL) and the phospho-tau/total tau ratio (p/t-tau) across the entire frontotemporal dementia (FTD) spectrum in a large, well-defined cohort. METHODS: CSF NfL and p/t-tau levels were studied in 361 patients with FTD: 179 behavioral variant FTD, 17 FTD with motor neuron disease (FTD-MND), 36 semantic variant primary progressive aphasia (PPA), 19 nonfluent variant PPA, 4 logopenic variant PPA (lvPPA), 42 corticobasal syndrome, and 64 progressive supranuclear palsy...
March 7, 2018: Neurology
Pantelis Maiovis, Panagiotis Ioannidis, Georgios Gerasimou, Anna Gotzamani-Psarrakou, Dimitrios Karacostas
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Cognitive reserve (CR) mediates the clinical expression of brain pathology in Alzheimer's disease, while there are much less relevant data in frontotemporal dementia (FTD). In the present study we examined whether CR, measured using the Cognitive Reserve Index (CRI), correlated with regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in Greek FTD patients. METHODS: Eighty FTD patients, i.e., 47 with behavioral variant FTD (bvFTD) and 33 with primary progressive aphasia (PPA), were enrolled into this study...
March 7, 2018: Neuro-degenerative Diseases
Abida Batool, Mohammad Amjad Kamal, Syed Mohd Danish Rizvi, Sajid Rashid
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is recognized as progressive multifaceted and multi-factorial neurodegenerative disorder which causes dementia among elderly people. Although, researchers in this field have put considerable efforts for the investigation of novel and appropriate therapeutic measures towards the cure of AD, unfortunately, no effective prevention therapy for this disease is available till date. In fact, various aspects involved in the onset and progression of AD are still disputed or uncovered. However, to achieve definite and direct cure of AD, researcher's attention has been drawn towards exploration of new therapeutics targets...
March 5, 2018: Current Drug Metabolism
Brenna Cholerton, Catherine O Johnson, Brian Fish, Joseph F Quinn, Kathryn A Chung, Amie L Peterson-Hiller, Liana S Rosenthal, Ted M Dawson, Marilyn S Albert, Shu-Ching Hu, Ignacio F Mata, James B Leverenz, Kathleen L Poston, Thomas J Montine, Cyrus P Zabetian, Karen L Edwards
INTRODUCTION: Identification of factors associated with progression of cognitive symptoms in Parkinson's disease (PD) is important for treatment planning, clinical care, and design of future clinical trials. The current study sought to identify whether prediction of cognitive progression is aided by examining baseline cognitive features, and whether this differs according to stage of cognitive disease. METHODS: Participants with PD in the Pacific Udall Center Clinical Consortium who had longitudinal data available and were nondemented at baseline were included in the study (n = 418)...
February 9, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
Sang Won Seo, Marie-Pierre Thibodeau, David C Perry, Alice Hua, Manu Sidhu, Isabel Sible, Jose Norberto S Vargas, Stephanie E Gaus, Gil D Rabinovici, Katherine D Rankin, Adam L Boxer, Joel H Kramer, Howard J Rosen, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini, Lea T Grinberg, Eric J Huang, Stephen J DeArmond, John Q Trojanowski, Bruce L Miller, William W Seeley
OBJECTIVE: To examine clinicopathologic correlations in early vs late age at onset frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). METHODS: All patients were clinically evaluated and prospectively diagnosed at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Two consecutive series were included: (1) patients with a clinically diagnosed FTD syndrome who underwent autopsy (cohort 1) and (2) patients with a primary pathologic diagnosis of FTLD, regardless of the clinical syndrome (cohort 2)...
February 16, 2018: Neurology
Thaís B Lima-Silva, Valéria S Bahia, Mário A Cecchini, Luciana Cassimiro, Henrique C Guimarães, Leandro B Gambogi, Paulo Caramelli, Márcio Balthazar, Benito Damasceno, Sônia M D Brucki, Leonardo C de Souza, Ricardo Nitrini, Eneida Mioshi, Mônica S Yassuda
INTRODUCTION: Few studies on instruments for staging frontotemporal dementia (FTD) have been conducted. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to analyze the factor structure, internal consistency, reliability, and convergent validity of the Brazilian version of the Frontotemporal Dementia Rating Scale (FTD-FRS). METHODS: A total of 97 individuals aged 40 years and above with >2 years' education took part in the study, 31 patients diagnosed with behavioral variant FTD (bvFTD), 8 patients with primary progressive aphasia, 28 with Alzheimer disease, 8 with mild cognitive impairment, and a control group of 22 healthy subjects...
February 13, 2018: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
Yumi Takano, Keiko Kunitoki, Yasuko Tatewaki, Tatsushi Mutoh, Tomoko Totsune, Hideo Shimomura, Manabu Nakagawa, Hiroyuki Arai, Yasuyuki Taki
BACKGROUND Semantic dementia (SD) is a type of primary progressive aphasia with prominent language dysfunction, mostly within the spectrum of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). Although there is an overlap in clinical manifestations of SD attributable to FTLD and neuropathologically proven Alzheimer disease (AD), clinical diagnostic clues are not readily available. We present a characteristic finding based on a single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)-based regional cerebral blood flow study and its statistical imaging analysis for a rare case of SD with AD-like pathology...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Jennifer M Harris, Jennifer A Saxon, Matthew Jones, Julie S Snowden, Jennifer C Thompson
The differentiation of subtypes of primary progressive aphasia (PPA) remains challenging. We aimed to identify optimum neuropsychological measures for characterizing PPA, to examine the relationship between behavioural change and subtypes of PPA and to determine whether characteristic profiles of language, working memory, and behavioural changes occur in PPA. Forty-seven patients with PPA and multi-domain Alzheimer's disease (AD) together with 19 age-matched controls underwent a large battery of working memory and language tests...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Neuropsychology
Peter Bede, Taha Omer, Eoin Finegan, Rangariroyashe H Chipika, Parameswaran M Iyer, Mark A Doherty, Alice Vajda, Niall Pender, Russell L McLaughlin, Siobhan Hutchinson, Orla Hardiman
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) phenotypes have distinctive and well-established cortical signatures, but their subcortical grey matter profiles are poorly characterised. The comprehensive characterisation of striatal and thalamic pathology along the ALS-FTD spectrum is particularly timely, as dysfunction of frontostriatal and cortico-thalamic networks contribute to phenotype-defining cognitive, behavioral, and motor deficits. Ten patients with behavioral-variant FTD, 11 patients with non-fluent-variant primary progressive aphasia, 5 patients with semantic-variant primary progressive aphasia, 14 ALS-FTD patients with C9orf72 hexanucleotide expansions, 12 ALS-FTD patients without hexanucleotide repeats, 36 ALS patients without cognitive impairment and 50 healthy controls were included in a prospective neuroimaging study...
February 8, 2018: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Hiroyuki Watanabe, Minoru Matsuda, Shoko Ota, Toru Baba, Osamu Iizuka, Etsuro Mori
Agrammatism is one of the core clinical features of non-fluent/agrammatic variant primary progressive aphasia, and it has traditionally been considered the hallmark of non-fluent aphasia in Western countries. However, agrammatic speech may remain undetected in Japanese patients because of the agglutinative structure of the language and high flexibility in word order. In the present study, we aimed to analyze agrammatism in the speech production of Japanese patients with aphasia due to neurodegenerative disease using an anagram test generated by our laboratory...
February 6, 2018: Psychogeriatrics: the Official Journal of the Japanese Psychogeriatric Society
Rokas Serpytis, Aurelija Navickaite, Emilija Serpytiene, Jurate Barysiene, Germanas Marinskis, Dalius Jatuzis, Zaneta Petrulioniene, Aleksandras Laucevicius, Pranas Serpytis
OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and a known risk factor for cerebrovascular stroke. Atrial fibrillation and long standing hypertension may produce ischemic lesions leading to progressive cognitive impairment. The impact of atrial fibrillation alone on cognitive impairment has not been evaluated. Our objective was to compare cognitive function, quality of life, psychological distress and impulsiveness in people with atrial fibrillation and a matched control group...
January 30, 2018: American Journal of Medicine
Charles R Marshall, Chris J D Hardy, Anna Volkmer, Lucy L Russell, Rebecca L Bond, Phillip D Fletcher, Camilla N Clark, Catherine J Mummery, Jonathan M Schott, Martin N Rossor, Nick C Fox, Sebastian J Crutch, Jonathan D Rohrer, Jason D Warren
The primary progressive aphasias are a heterogeneous group of focal 'language-led' dementias that pose substantial challenges for diagnosis and management. Here we present a clinical approach to the progressive aphasias, based on our experience of these disorders and directed at non-specialists. We first outline a framework for assessing language, tailored to the common presentations of progressive aphasia. We then consider the defining features of the canonical progressive nonfluent, semantic and logopenic aphasic syndromes, including 'clinical pearls' that we have found diagnostically useful and neuroanatomical and other key associations of each syndrome...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Bruno Fukelmann Guedes, Marcio Nattan Portes Souza, Breno José Alencar Pires Barbosa, Fernando Pereira Frassetto, Leandro Tavares Lucato, Carla Rachel Ono, Luiz Henrique Martins Castro, Ricardo Nitrini, Mateus Mistieri Simabukuro
A young woman presented with primary amenorrhoea, progressive haemiparesis, visual disturbance, dementia and focal motor seizures. Investigations showed hypopituitarism, unilateral cerebral atrophy and inflamed cerebrospinal fluid. A trans-sphenoidal biopsy gave a unifying diagnosis of a pituitary germinoma.
January 29, 2018: Practical Neurology
Antonella Alberici, Viviana Cristillo, Stefano Gazzina, Alberto Benussi, Alessandro Padovani, Barbara Borroni
Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) is a neurodegenerative disorder which asymmetrically affects the frontotemporal lobes; it is characterized by behavioural abnormalities, language impairment, and deficits of executive functions. Behavioural variant FTD (bvFTD) and Primary Progressive Aphasias (PPAs) represent the most common phenotypes. The identification of mutations responsible for autosomal dominant inherited disorder, namely Microtubule Associated Protein Tau (MAPT), Granulin (GRN) and chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 (C9orf72) mutations, contributed to elucidate the molecular pathways involved in brain depositions of either Tau or TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP43) inclusions...
January 18, 2018: Current Alzheimer Research
Masahito Yamada
Suspected non-Alzheimer's disease pathophysiology (SNAP) is a biomarker-based condition that is found in individuals with normal levels of amyloid-β protein (Aβ) markers (A-) and abnormal levels of markers of neurodegeneration or neuronal injury (N+). SNAP is found in 20-26% of cognitively normal (CN) individuals aged 65 years or older and 17-35% of individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Similarly, 7-39% of patients with clinically probable Alzheimer's disease (AD) dementia are negative for Aβ...
January 2018: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
Patil Anuja, Vishnu Venugopalan, Naheed Darakhshan, Pandit Awadh, Vinny Wilson, Goyal Manoj, Modi Manish, Lal Vivek
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Rapidly progressive dementia (RPD) is an emergency in cognitive neurology, defined as cognitive impairment affecting the daily living activities developed over less than 1 year. This study investigated the profile of patients with rapidly progressive dementia at first presentation. METHODS: Retrospective case analysis was done in 187 patients with rapidly progressive dementia who presented to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India from January 2008 to August 2016...
2018: PloS One
David Bergeron, Rik Ossenkoppele, Robert Jr Laforce
BACKGROUND: Amyloid-β positron emission tomography (PET) allows for in vivo detection of fibrillar amyloid plaques, a pathologic hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, amyloid-β PET interpretation is limited by the imperfect correlation between PET and autopsy, and the fact that it is positive in about 20% to 30% of cognitively normal individuals and non-AD dementias, especially when older or carrying the ε4 allele of apolipoprotein E (ApoE4). When facing a positive amyloid PET, clinicians have to evaluate the probability of a pathologic false positive as well as the probability of amyloid positivity being age-related, comorbid to a primary non-AD dementia (clinicopathologic false positive)...
January 12, 2018: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
Weiwei Cheng, Shaopeng Wang, Alexander A Mestre, Chenglai Fu, Andres Makarem, Fengfan Xian, Lindsey R Hayes, Rodrigo Lopez-Gonzalez, Kevin Drenner, Jie Jiang, Don W Cleveland, Shuying Sun
Hexanucleotide repeat expansion in C9ORF72 is the most frequent cause of both amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Here we demonstrate that the repeat-associated non-AUG (RAN) translation of (GGGGCC) n -containing RNAs into poly-dipeptides can initiate in vivo without a 5'-cap. The primary RNA substrate for RAN translation of C9ORF72 sense repeats is shown to be the spliced first intron, following its excision from the initial pre-mRNA and transport to the cytoplasm. Cap-independent RAN translation is shown to be upregulated by various stress stimuli through phosphorylation of the α subunit of eukaryotic initiation factor-2 (eIF2α), the core event of an integrated stress response (ISR)...
January 4, 2018: Nature Communications
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