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Dementia frontotemporal

Maria Garranzo-Asensio, Pablo San Segundo-Acosta, Javier Martínez-Useros, Ana Montero-Calle, María Jesús Fernández-Aceñero, Anna Häggmark-Månberg, Alberto Pelaez-Garcia, Mayte Villalba, Alberto Rabano, Peter Nilsson, Rodrigo Barderas
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia in developed countries. A better understanding of the events taking place at the molecular level would help to identify novel protein alterations, which might be used in diagnosis or for treatment development. In this study, we have performed the high-throughput analysis of 706 molecules mostly implicated in cell-cell communication and cell signaling processes by using two antibody microarray platforms. We screened three AD pathological groups -each one containing four pooled samples- from Braak stages IV, V and VI, and three control groups from two healthy subjects, five frontotemporal and two vascular dementia patients onto Panorama and L-Series antibody microarrays to identify AD-specific alterations not common to other dementias...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Woojin Scott Kim, Eve Jary, Russell Pickford, Ying He, Rebekah M Ahmed, Olivier Piguet, John R Hodges, Glenda M Halliday
Behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) is the most prevalent form of FTD syndromes. bvFTD is characterized clinically by changes in behavior and cognition and pathologically by focal brain atrophy and concomitant loss of lipids. bvFTD is further characterized by eating abnormalities that result in dyslipidemia. Although dyslipidemia is apparent in bvFTD, very little is known about global lipid changes in bvFTD and lipid dysregulation underlying bvFTD. Here, we undertook a comprehensive lipidomics analysis of blood plasma from patients with bvFTD, patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and controls, using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, with the aim of understanding lipid dysregulation in bvFTD...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Wouter I Schievink, M Marcel Maya, Zachary R Barnard, Franklin G Moser, Stacey Jean-Pierre, Alan D Waxman, Miriam Nuño
BACKGROUND: Behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) is a devastating early onset dementia. Symptoms of bvFTD may be caused by spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH), a treatable disorder, but no comprehensive study of such patients has been reported. OBJECTIVE: To describe detailed characteristics of a large cohort of patients with SIH and symptoms of bvFTD. METHODS: We identified patients with SIH who met clinical criteria for bvFTD...
March 8, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Kuo-Hsuan Chang, Guan-Chiun Lee, Chin-Chang Huang, Hung-Chou Kuo, Chiung-Mei Chen, Ya-Chin Hsiao, Hsuan-Chu Hsu, Ke-Jen Hsu, Chih-Hsin Lin, Chia Wen Chang, Guey-Jen Lee-Chen, Yih-Ru Wu
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the GRN (granulin precursor) are a frequent cause of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and other atypical parkinsonian disorders. However, the frequency of GRN mutations in Asian patients with atypical parkinsonian disorders is still uncertain. METHODS: We screened GRN mutations by sequencing cDNA from 98 patients with FTD or atypical parkinsonian disorders. The functional properties of the identified mutation were evaluated by overexpression in human embryonic kidney (HEK)-293 cells...
February 28, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
Noori Chai, Aaron D Gitler
A hexanucleotide repeat expansion in the C9orf72 gene has been identified as the most common cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia. The expanded hexanucleotide repeat is translated by an unconventional mechanism to produce five species of dipeptide repeat proteins (DPRs), glycine-proline (GP), glycine-alanine, glycine-arginine (GR), proline-alanine (PA), and proline-arginine (PR). Of these, the arginine-rich ones, PR and GR, are highly toxic in a variety of model systems, ranging from human cells, to Drosophila, to even the budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae...
March 8, 2018: FEMS Yeast Research
Eline A J Willemse, Ann De Vos, Elizabeth M Herries, Ulf Andreasson, Sebastiaan Engelborghs, Wiesje M van der Flier, Philip Scheltens, Dan Crimmins, Jack H Ladenson, Eugeen Vanmechelen, Henrik Zetterberg, Anne M Fagan, Kaj Blennow, Maria Bjerke, Charlotte E Teunissen
BACKGROUND: Neurogranin in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) correlates with cognitive decline and is a potential novel biomarker for Alzheimer disease (AD) dementia. We investigated the analytical and diagnostic performance of 3 commonly used neurogranin assays in the same cohort of patients to improve the interpretability of CSF neurogranin test results. METHODS: The neurogranin Singulex assay from Washington University, St. Louis, MO (WashU); ELISA from ADx Neurosciences; and ELISA from Gothenburg University, Mölndal, Sweden (UGot), were compared using silver staining and Western blot after gel electrophoresis...
March 9, 2018: Clinical Chemistry
Tu-Hsueh Yeh, Han-Fang Liu, Yu-Wen Li, Chin-Song Lu, Hung-Yu Shih, Ching-Chi Chiu, Sheng-Jia Lin, Yin-Cheng Huang, Yi-Chuan Cheng
Hexanucleotide repeat expansions in the C9orf72 gene are a common genetic cause of familial and sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). However, the function of C9orf72 in neural development and the pathogenic mechanism underlying neurodegeneration are unknown. We found that disrupting C9orf72 expression by using C9orf72 constructs that lack the complete DENN domain result in reduced GTPase activity in zebrafish embryos, demonstrating the indispensability of the complete DENN domain...
March 6, 2018: Experimental Neurology
Mario F Mendez
Studies suggest a relationship of manic behavior and bipolar disorder (BD) with behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD). The nature of this relationship is unclear. This report presents a patient with initial manic behavior as the main manifestation of familial bvFTD from a novel progranulin (GRN) mutation. In contrast, there are other reports of a long background of BD preceding a diagnosis of bvFTD. A review of the literature and this patient suggest that manic symptoms result from damage to right frontotemporal neural structures from longstanding BD, as well as from bvFTD and other focal neurological disorders...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Elisa Rubino, Ming Zhang, Tiziana Mongini, Silvia Boschi, Liliana Vercelli, Alessandro Vacca, Flora Govone, Annalisa Gai, Maria Teresa Giordana, Mark Grinberg, Ekaterina Rogaeva, Innocenzo Rainero
Mutations in CHCHD2 and CHCHD10 were recently reported in a broad spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases, for example, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, frontotemporal dementia, or mitochondrial myopathy (MM). The aim of the study was to evaluate the prevalence of CHCHD2 and CHCHD10 mutations in Italian MM patients without mitochondrial DNA mutations. The coding regions of CHCHD2 and CHCHD10 were sequenced in 62 MM patients. None of the patients showed CHCHD2 mutations, whereas 1 sporadic MM patient carried a homozygous Pro96Thr substitution in CHCHD10...
February 14, 2018: Neurobiology of Aging
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
Marion M Ortner
The diagnosis of dementia probably due to Alzheimer's disease is still primarily a clinical one. In cases that remain clinically unclear, however, biomarkers for amyloid deposition and neuronal injury can help to identify the underlying cause. One biomarker even for early neuronal injury in the stage of mild cognitive impairment is cerebral glucose hypometabolism measured by18 F-FDG PET. Distinct patterns of hypometabolism can be seen, for example, in dementia due to Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal lobar degeneration, and dementia with Lewy bodies...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Wolfgang Reith
Neurodegenerative diseases are sporadic and rare hereditary disorders of the central nervous system, which cause a slowly progressive loss of function of specific neuron populations and their connections. Severe impairments and care dependency can be the sequelae. Neurodegenerative disorders are diseases of older people; therefore, the demographic shift leads to an increase in the number of affected patients. Radiologists will also become more involved. For this reason important neurodegenerative diseases are presented in this article...
March 2018: Der Radiologe
Alberto Benussi, Maria Sofia Cotelli, Alessandro Padovani, Barbara Borroni
Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is a rare autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder with extensive biological, molecular, and clinical heterogeneity. Recently, numerous studies have tried to shed light on the pathophysiology of the disease, highlighting possible disease pathways common to other neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia, and identifying possible candidate biomarkers for disease staging and response to treatment. Miglustat, which reversibly inhibits glycosphingolipid synthesis, has been licensed in the European Union and elsewhere for the treatment of NPC in both children and adults...
2018: F1000Research
Andrew D Nguyen, Thi A Nguyen, Jiasheng Zhang, Swathi Devireddy, Ping Zhou, Anna M Karydas, Xialian Xu, Bruce L Miller, Frank Rigo, Shawn M Ferguson, Eric J Huang, Tobias C Walther, Robert V Farese
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is the most common neurodegenerative disorder in individuals under age 60 and has no treatment or cure. Because many cases of FTD result from GRN nonsense mutations, an animal model for this type of mutation is highly desirable for understanding pathogenesis and testing therapies. Here, we generated and characterized Grn R493X knockin mice, which model the most common human GRN mutation, a premature stop codon at arginine 493 (R493X). Homozygous Grn R493X mice have markedly reduced Grn mRNA levels, lack detectable progranulin protein, and phenocopy Grn knockout mice, with CNS microgliosis, cytoplasmic TDP-43 accumulation, reduced synaptic density, lipofuscinosis, hyperinflammatory macrophages, excessive grooming behavior, and reduced survival...
March 6, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Nicholas J Kramer, Michael S Haney, David W Morgens, Ana Jovičić, Julien Couthouis, Amy Li, James Ousey, Rosanna Ma, Gregor Bieri, C Kimberly Tsui, Yingxiao Shi, Nicholas T Hertz, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Justin K Ichida, Michael C Bassik, Aaron D Gitler
Hexanucleotide-repeat expansions in the C9ORF72 gene are the most common cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia (c9ALS/FTD). The nucleotide-repeat expansions are translated into dipeptide-repeat (DPR) proteins, which are aggregation prone and may contribute to neurodegeneration. We used the CRISPR-Cas9 system to perform genome-wide gene-knockout screens for suppressors and enhancers of C9ORF72 DPR toxicity in human cells. We validated hits by performing secondary CRISPR-Cas9 screens in primary mouse neurons...
March 5, 2018: Nature Genetics
John R Hodges, Olivier Piguet
The landscape of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) has evolved remarkably in recent years and is barely recognizable from two decades ago. Knowledge of the clinical phenomenology, cognition, neuroimaging, genetics, pathology of the different subtypes of FTD, and their relations to other neurodegenerative conditions, has increased rapidly, due in part, to the growing interests into these neurodegenerative brain conditions. This article reviews the major advances in the field of FTD over the past 20 years, focusing primarily on the work of Frontier, the frontotemporal dementia clinical research group, based in Sydney, Australia...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Flora Gossink, Sigfried Schouws, Welmoed Krudop, Philip Scheltens, Max Stek, Yolande Pijnenburg, Annemiek Dols
OBJECTIVE: Although deficits in social cognition are established as core features in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), it remains unresolved if impaired social cognition distinguishes bvFTD from the broad differential diagnoses in clinical practice. Our aim was to study whether social cognition discriminates bvFTD from other neurodegenerative diseases and psychiatric disorders in patients presenting with late-onset frontal symptoms. Next, we studied the association of social cognition with frontal symptoms and cognitive functioning...
February 1, 2018: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Michel Goedert, Yoshiki Yamaguchi, Sushil K Mishra, Makoto Higuchi, Naruhiko Sahara
A pathological pathway leading from soluble, monomeric to insoluble, filamentous Tau, is believed to underlie human Tauopathies. Cases of frontotemporal dementia are caused by dominantly inherited mutations in MAPT , the Tau gene. They show that dysfunction of Tau protein is sufficient to cause neurodegeneration and dementia. Extrapolation to the more common sporadic Tauopathies leads one to conclude that the pathological pathway is central to the development of all cases of disease, even if there are multiple reasons for Tau assembly...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Irina Alafuzoff
Research on human brain diseases is currently often conducted on cell cultures and animals. Several questions however can only be addressed by studying human postmortem brain tissue. However, brain tissue obtained postmortem almost always displays pathology that is often related to the aging phenomenon. Thus, in order to be certain that the answers obtained are reliable, a systematic and thorough assessment of the brain tissue to be studied should be carried out. We are currently aware of several protein alterations that are found in middle-aged and aged brains that are obtained from neurologically unimpaired subjects...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
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