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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220718/the-big-imitator-strikes-again-a-case-report-of-neurosyphilis-in-a-patient-with-newly-diagnosed-hiv
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Sévérine de Bruijn, Chris Kenyon, Nicolas Léonard, Erika Vlieghe
BACKGROUND: Neurosyphilis is the result of an infection of the central nervous system caused by the spirochete Treponema pallidum. Its clinical presentation includes meningovascular syphilis, tabes dorsalis, and dementia paralytica, resulting in a wide range of symptoms such as psychosis, Parkinsonism, and depression. CASE REPORT: A 49-year-old male was admitted to a psychiatric hospital because of social withdrawal and self-neglect, indicative of a major depression...
February 21, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220571/genetic-risk-factors-for-cognitive-decline-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
E S Fagan, L Pihlstrøm
Parkinson's disease is a highly heterogeneous disorder, where genetic factors are likely to contribute to clinical variability, including susceptibility to cognitive impairment and dementia. Monogenic forms of parkinsonism show distinct cognitive profiles, yet less is known about the impact of common genetic variants on cognition in sporadic Parkinson's disease. In a systematic review of the literature, the current results from genetic association studies of cognitive outcomes are summarized and prospects and challenges for future studies are discussed...
February 21, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214109/a-novel-mutation-in-trem2-gene-causing-nasu-hakola-disease-and-review-of-the-literature
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Efthimios Dardiotis, Vasileios Siokas, Eva Pantazi, Maria Dardioti, Dimitrios Rikos, Georgia Xiromerisiou, Aikaterini Markou, Dimitra Papadimitriou, Matthaios Speletas, Georgios M Hadjigeorgiou
Nasu-hakola disease (NHD) is a rare disease characterized by bone cysts and fractures, frontal lobe syndrome, and progressive presenile dementia. NHD may be the prototype of primary microglial disorders of the CNS or, as they have been coined, "microgliopathies". Mutations in TREM2 and TYROBP genes are known to cause NHD. Interestingly, recent evidence-associated rare genetic variants of TREM2 gene with increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease...
January 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213071/pla2g6-accumulates-in-lewy-bodies-in-park14-and-idiopathic-parkinson-s-disease
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Yasuo Miki, Kunikazu Tanji, Fumiaki Mori, Akiyoshi Kakita, Hitoshi Takahashi, Koichi Wakabayashi
The histopathological hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is the occurrence of insoluble fibrillary aggregates known as Lewy bodies, in which phosphorylated α-synuclein (α-syn) is a major component. To date, familial PD-linked gene products, including α-syn, parkin, PINK-1, DJ-1 and LRRK2, are known to be involved in Lewy body formation. Phospholipase A2, group VI (PLA2G6) is the causative gene for PARK14-linked parkinsonism (PARK14), a familial form of juvenile-onset dystonia parkinsonism...
February 14, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210978/future-directions-in-imaging-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
Joseph C Masdeu
Neuroimaging comprises a powerful set of instruments to diagnose various neurodegenerative disorders, clarifies their neurobiology, and monitors their treatment. Magnetic resonance imaging depicts volume changes, as well as abnormalities in functional and structural connectivity. Positron emission tomography (PET) allows for the quantification of regional cerebral metabolism, characteristically altered in Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, diffuse Lewy-body disease, and the frontotemporal dementias...
January 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202694/pure-autonomic-failure-predictors-of-conversion-to-clinical-cns-involvement
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Wolfgang Singer, Sarah E Berini, Paola Sandroni, Robert D Fealey, Elizabeth A Coon, Mariana D Suarez, Eduardo E Benarroch, Phillip A Low
OBJECTIVE: Based on the observation that a subset of patients originally diagnosed with pure autonomic failure (PAF) eventually develops extrapyramidal or cerebellar involvement consistent with multiple system atrophy (MSA), Parkinson disease (PD), or dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), we aimed to identify predictors of progression of PAF to more sinister synucleinopathies. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, we reviewed patients seen at Mayo Clinic Rochester by autonomic specialists between 2001 and 2011 and during initial evaluation diagnosed with orthostatic hypotension consistent with PAF (possible PAF)...
February 15, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202615/il-13-mediated-regulation-of-learning-and-memory
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Tiroyaone M Brombacher, Justin K Nono, Keisha S De Gouveia, Nokuthula Makena, Matthew Darby, Jacqueline Womersley, Ousman Tamgue, Frank Brombacher
The role of proinflammatory cytokines in cognitive function has been investigated with both beneficial and possible detrimental effects, depending on the cytokine. More recently, the type 2 IL-4 has been demonstrated to play a role in cognition. In this study, using the Morris water maze task, we demonstrate that IL-13-deficient mice are significantly impaired in working memory as well as attenuated reference memory, both functions essential for effective complex learning. During the learning process, wild-type mice increased the number of CD4(+) T cells in the meninges and production of IL-13, whereas neither Morris water maze-trained IL-4 nor trained IL-13-deficient mice were able to increase CD4(+) T cells in the meninges...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198092/the-burden-of-neurological-disease-in-the-united-states-a-summary-report-and-call-to-action
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EDITORIAL
Clifton L Gooch, Etienne Pracht, Amy R Borenstein
: The United States carries a substantial fiscal burden resulting from the nearly 100 million Americans with neurological disease. The combined annual costs of Alzheimer's and other dementias, low back pain, stroke, traumatic brain injury, migraine, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and Parkinson's disease totals nearly 800 billion dollars and is rapidly rising due to the aging of the U.S. POPULATION: We provide a summary overview of the substantial current and future economic impact of neurological disease, and provide an action plan for reducing this burden through neurological research and enhanced clinical management of neurological disorders in the United States...
February 15, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181068/laminar-degeneration-of-frontal-and-temporal-cortex-in-parkinson-disease-dementia
#9
Richard A Armstrong
To investigate cortical laminar degeneration in Parkinson's disease (PD) with dementia (PDD). Changes in density of α-synuclein-immunoreactive Lewy bodies (LB), Lewy neurites (LN), and Lewy grains (LG) together with surviving neurons, abnormally enlarged neurons (EN), vacuoles, and glial cell nuclei were measured across cortical laminae of frontal and temporal cortex in fifteen cases of PDD using quantitative methods and polynomial curve-fitting. Most frequently, LB and LN were distributed across all laminae, while LG were distributed in upper cortical laminae...
February 8, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176547/improving-prospective-memory-in-persons-with-parkinson-disease
#10
Erin R Foster, Mark A McDaniel, Peter G Rendell
BACKGROUND: Prospective memory (PM) is essential for productive and independent living and necessary for compliance with prescribed health behaviors. Parkinson disease (PD) can cause PM deficits that are associated with activity limitations and reduced quality of life. Forming implementation intentions (IIs) is an encoding strategy that may improve PM in this population. OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of IIs on PM performance in PD. METHODS: This was a laboratory-based randomized controlled trial...
February 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170377/%C3%AE-synuclein-toxicity-in-neurodegeneration-mechanism-and-therapeutic-strategies
#11
REVIEW
Yvette C Wong, Dimitri Krainc
Alterations in α-synuclein dosage lead to familial Parkinson's disease (PD), and its accumulation results in synucleinopathies that include PD, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and multiple system atrophy (MSA). Furthermore, α-synuclein contributes to the fibrilization of amyloid-b and tau, two key proteins in Alzheimer's disease, which suggests a central role for α-synuclein toxicity in neurodegeneration. Recent studies of factors contributing to α-synuclein toxicity and its disruption of downstream cellular pathways have expanded our understanding of disease pathogenesis in synucleinopathies...
February 7, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170111/the-effects-of-lifelong-cognitive-lifestyle-on-executive-function-in-older-people-with-parkinson-s-disease
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John V Hindle, Pamela A Martin-Forbes, Anthony Martyr, Alexandra J M Bastable, Kirstie L Pye, Virginia C Mueller Gathercole, Enlli M Thomas, Linda Clare
OBJECTIVE: Active lifelong cognitive lifestyles increase cognitive reserve and have beneficial effects on global cognition, cognitive decline and dementia risk in Parkinson's disease (PD). Executive function is particularly impaired even in early PD, and this impacts on quality of life. The effects of lifelong cognitive lifestyle on executive function in PD have not been studied previously. This study examined the association between lifelong cognitive lifestyle, as a proxy measure of cognitive reserve, and executive function in people with PD...
February 7, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167911/quantitative-eeg-qeeg-measures-differentiate-parkinson-s-disease-pd-patients-from-healthy-controls-hc
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Menorca Chaturvedi, Florian Hatz, Ute Gschwandtner, Jan G Bogaarts, Antonia Meyer, Peter Fuhr, Volker Roth
Objectives: To find out which Quantitative EEG (QEEG) parameters could best distinguish patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) with and without Mild Cognitive Impairment from healthy individuals and to find an optimal method for feature selection. Background: Certain QEEG parameters have been seen to be associated with dementia in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Studies have also shown some parameters to be dependent on the stage of the disease. We wanted to investigate the differences in high-resolution QEEG measures between groups of PD patients and healthy individuals, and come up with a small subset of features that could accurately distinguish between the two groups...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164774/tauopathies-focus-on-changes-at-the-neurovascular-unit
#14
Alena Michalicova, William A Banks, Jaroslav Legath, Andrej Kovac
In the past, the blood-brain barrier (BBB) had been characterized mainly as a layer of endothelial cells forming the vessel/capillary wall of the brain. More recently, the BBB is considered to be a part of a highly dynamic and interactive system called the neurovascular unit (NVU), consisting of vascular cells, glial cells, and neurons. The list of central nervous system (CNS) pathologies involving BBB dysfunction is rapidly growing. The opening of the BBB and subsequent infiltration of serum components to the brain can lead to host of processes resulting in progressive synaptic and neuronal dysfunction and loss...
February 3, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164279/calcipotriol-inhibits-%C3%AE-synuclein-aggregation-in-sh-sy5y-neuroblastoma-cells-by-a-calbindin-d28k-dependent-mechanism
#15
Alexandre N Rcom-H'cheo-Gauthier, Adrian C B Meedeniya, Dean L Pountney
Many neurodegenerative diseases are characterized by the formation of microscopically visible intracellular protein aggregates. α-Synuclein is the key aggregating protein in Parkinson's disease which is characterized by neuronal cytoplasmic Lewy body inclusions. Previous studies have shown relative sparing of neurons in Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies that are positive for the vitamin D-dependent calcium buffering protein, calbindin-D28k and that α-synuclein aggregates are excluded from calbindin-D28k-positive neurons...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163087/l-%C3%AE-n-methylamino-l-alanine-bmaa-nitrosation-generates-a-cytotoxic-dna-damaging-alkylating-agent-an-unexplored-mechanism-for-neurodegenerative-disease
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G Potjewyd, P J Day, S Shangula, G P Margison, A C Povey
BACKGROUND: L-β-N-methylamino-l-alanine (BMAA) is a non-proteinic amino acid, that is neurotoxic in vitro and in animals, and is implicated in the causation of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and parkinsonism-dementia complex (ALS-PDC) on Guam. Given that natural amino acids can be N-nitrosated to form toxic alkylating agents and the structural similarity of BMAA to other amino acids, our hypothesis was that N-nitrosation of BMAA might result in a toxic alkylating agent, providing a novel mechanistic hypothesis for BMAA action...
February 3, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153046/mitochondrial-dna-point-mutations-and-relative-copy-number-in-1363-disease-and-control-human-brains
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Wei Wei, Michael J Keogh, Ian Wilson, Jonathan Coxhead, Sarah Ryan, Sara Rollinson, Helen Griffin, Marzena Kurzawa-Akinibi, Mauro Santibanez-Koref, Kevin Talbot, Martin R Turner, Chris-Anne McKenzie, Claire Troakes, Johannes Attems, Colin Smith, Safa Al Sarraj, Christopher M Morris, Olaf Ansorge, Stuart Pickering-Brown, James W Ironside, Patrick F Chinnery
Mitochondria play a key role in common neurodegenerative diseases and contain their own genome: mtDNA. Common inherited polymorphic variants of mtDNA have been associated with several neurodegenerative diseases, and somatic deletions of mtDNA have been found in affected brain regions. However, there are conflicting reports describing the role of rare inherited variants and somatic point mutations in neurodegenerative disorders, and recent evidence also implicates mtDNA levels. To address these issues we studied 1363 post mortem human brains with a histopathological diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD), Alzheimer's disease (AD), Frontotemporal dementia - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (FTD-ALS), Creutzfeldt Jacob disease (CJD), and healthy controls...
February 2, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148299/propagation-of-pathological-%C3%AE-synuclein-in-marmoset-brain
#18
Aki Shimozawa, Maiko Ono, Daisuke Takahara, Airi Tarutani, Sei Imura, Masami Masuda-Suzukake, Makoto Higuchi, Kazuhiko Yanai, Shin-Ichi Hisanaga, Masato Hasegawa
α-Synuclein is a defining, key component of Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites in Parkinson's disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), as well as glial cytoplasmic inclusions in multiple system atrophy (MSA). The distribution and spreading of these pathologies are closely correlated with disease progression. Recent studies have revealed that intracerebral injection of synthetic α-synuclein fibrils or pathological α-synuclein prepared from DLB or MSA brains into wild-type or transgenic animal brains induced prion-like propagation of phosphorylated α-synuclein pathology...
February 2, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137957/loss-of-function-mutations-in-the-atp13a2-park9-gene-cause-complicated-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia-spg78
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Alejandro Estrada-Cuzcano, Shaun Martin, Teodora Chamova, Matthis Synofzik, Dagmar Timmann, Tine Holemans, Albena Andreeva, Jennifer Reichbauer, Riet De Rycke, Dae-In Chang, Sarah van Veen, Jean Samuel, Ludger Schöls, Thorsten Pöppel, Danny Mollerup Sørensen, Bob Asselbergh, Christine Klein, Stephan Zuchner, Albena Jordanova, Peter Vangheluwe, Ivailo Tournev, Rebecca Schüle
Hereditary spastic paraplegias are heterogeneous neurodegenerative disorders characterized by progressive spasticity of the lower limbs due to degeneration of the corticospinal motor neurons. In a Bulgarian family with three siblings affected by complicated hereditary spastic paraplegia, we performed whole exome sequencing and homozygosity mapping and identified a homozygous p.Thr512Ile (c.1535C > T) mutation in ATP13A2. Molecular defects in this gene have been causally associated with Kufor-Rakeb syndrome (#606693), an autosomal recessive form of juvenile-onset parkinsonism, and neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (#606693), a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the intracellular accumulation of autofluorescent lipopigments...
February 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131236/regional-volumetric-change-in-parkinson-s-disease-with-cognitive-decline
#20
Myrlene Gee, Juergen Dukart, Bogdan Draganski, W R Wayne Martin, Derek Emery, Richard Camicioli
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease (PD), characterized by motor dysfunction and cognitive decline, may demonstrate specific patterns of brain atrophy. Although cross-sectional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies show correlation between regional brain volume loss and cognitive impairment, there is only scarce evidence from longitudinal studies validating the link between cognition and brain anatomy in PD. OBJECTIVE: To test the relationship between magnitude and spatial extent of atrophy in PD patients with progressive, significant cognitive decline and dementia (PDD)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
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