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Hye-Jin Park, Kang-Woo Lee, Eun S Park, Stephanie Oh, Run Yan, Jie Zhang, Thomas G Beach, Charles H Adler, Michael Voronkov, Steven P Braithwaite, Jeffry B Stock, M Maral Mouradian
OBJECTIVE: Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) is a heterotrimeric holoenzyme composed of a catalytic C subunit, a structural A subunit, and one of several regulatory B subunits that confer substrate specificity. The assembly and activity of PP2A are regulated by reversible methylation of the C subunit. α-Synuclein, which aggregates in Parkinson disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), is phosphorylated at Ser129, and PP2A containing a B55α subunit is a major phospho-Ser129 phosphatase...
October 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Patricia Morcillo, Elena Chaves-Pozo, José Meseguer, M Ángeles Esteban, Alberto Cuesta
In teleost fish, there are no commercial cell lines for the European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax). Thus, we have established the sea bass brain (DLB-1) cell line, using a fish retrovirus for immortalization, which resemble epithelial cells and express glial cells markers. Exposure to metals [Cd, methylmercury (MeHg), Pb or As] produces cytotoxicity and induction of reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. Interestingly, cell cycle analysis of DLB-1 cells shows that exposure to metals alters it significantly...
October 13, 2016: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
Alexandre N Rcom-H'cheo-Gauthier, Amelia Davis, Adrian C B Meedeniya, Dean L Pountney
α-Synuclein (α-syn) aggregates (Lewy bodies) in dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) may be associated with disturbed calcium homeostasis and oxidative stress. We investigated the interplay between α-syn aggregation, expression of the calbindin-D28k (CB) neuronal calcium-buffering protein and oxidative stress, combining immunofluorescence double labelling and Western analysis, and examining DLB and normal human cases and a unilateral oxidative stress lesion model of α-syn disease (rotenone mouse). DLB cases showed a greater proportion of CB+ cells in affected brain regions compared to normal cases with Lewy bodies largely present in CB- neurons and virtually undetected in CB+ neurons...
October 13, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Hirotaka Sekiguchi, Masatsugu Moriwaki, Shuji Iritani, Chikako Habuchi, Youta Torii, Kentaro Umeda, Hiroshige Fujishiro, Mari Yoshida, Kiyoshi Fujita
We herein report the case of a 75-year-old male who had shown many psychiatric symptoms, but whose autopsy disclosed the presence of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). When he was 70 years old, the patient had presented with stereotyped behavior, dietary changes, and a decline in social interpersonal conduct in clinical settings, and it was thought that these symptoms were consistent with a behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), and he lacked the core features of DLB. Nevertheless, this case was pathologically defined as the limbic type of DLB after he died at the age of 75 years...
October 14, 2016: Clinical Neuropathology
Jennifer F Ha, Waseem Ostwani, Glenn Green
INTRODUCTION: With the advent of improved neonatal and pediatric intensive care management, tracheostomy is increasingly performed in children requiring prolonged ventilation. Even though tracheostomy is generally a safe procedure, there remains mortality and morbidity associated with it. OBJECTIVE: We report a rare complication of a tracheostomy tube resulting in extensive erosion and posterior tracheal false pouch secondary to a large tracheostomy tube and high positive end expiratory pressure in a 12-month-old infant...
November 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Toshie Manabe, Katsuyoshi Mizukami, Hiroyasu Akatsu, Yoshio Hashizume, Shinji Teramoto, Seiji Nakamura, Koichiro Kudo, Nobuyuki Hizawa
Objective In patients demonstrating dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), pneumonia is a common complication. However, the prognostic factors for the survival time in DLB with pneumonia have not been investigated by autopsy in patients with neuropathologically confirmed DLB. Methods We conducted a retrospective study of the medical and autopsy reports of 42 patients admitted to a Japanese hospital between 2005 and 2014. The patients were neuropathologically diagnosed as having DLB by post-mortem examinations. We analyzed the effects of various factors on the time from DLB onset to death...
2016: Internal Medicine
Tamara Shiner, Anat Mirelman, Mali Gana Weisz, Anat Bar-Shira, Elissa Ash, Ron Cialic, Naomi Nevler, Tanya Gurevich, Noa Bregman, Avi Orr-Urtreger, Nir Giladi
Importance: Mutations in the glucocerebrosidase (GBA) gene are a risk factor for the development of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). These mutations are common among Ashkenazi Jews (AJ) and appear to have an effect on the natural history of the disease. Objectives: To evaluate the clinical and genetic characteristics of an AJ cohort of patients diagnosed with DLB, assess the association of phenotype of DLB with GBA mutations, and explore the effects of these mutations on the clinical course of the disease...
October 10, 2016: JAMA Neurology
T A Polyakova, O S Levin
AIM: To study a role of cerebral microbleeds (CMB) in the diagnosis of main cerebrovascular and neurodegenerative diseases with cognitive impairment. MATERIAL AND METHODS: CMB were studied in 120 patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and vascular dementia using 1.5T MRI in T2 * gradient echo. An impact of CMB on cognitive functions and the relationship with signs of vascular and neurodegenerative lesions of the brain were studied as well...
2016: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
Meenakshi Dauwan, Jessica J van der Zande, Edwin van Dellen, Iris E C Sommer, Philip Scheltens, Afina W Lemstra, Cornelis J Stam
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to build a random forest classifier to improve the diagnostic accuracy in differentiating dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) from Alzheimer's disease (AD) and to quantify the relevance of multimodal diagnostic measures, with a focus on electroencephalography (EEG). METHODS: A total of 66 DLB, 66 AD patients, and 66 controls were selected from the Amsterdam Dementia Cohort. Quantitative EEG (qEEG) measures were combined with clinical, neuropsychological, visual EEG, neuroimaging, and cerebrospinal fluid data...
2016: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring
P S Jairani, P M Aswathy, Srinivas Gopala, Joe Verghese, P S Mathuranath
BACKGROUND: This study delineates the role of the interaction of apolipoprotein E (APOE) and MAPT alleles in contributing to disease risks of dementia in a southern Indian population. METHODS: A sample of 419 patients comprising Alzheimer's disease (AD; n = 156), mild cognitive impairment (MCI; n = 87), frontotemporal dementia (FTD; n = 127), vascular dementia (VD; n = 37), and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB; n = 12) was analysed in comparison with a control group (n = 138)...
October 6, 2016: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Karen Manoutcharian, Roxanna Perez-Garmendia, Goar Gevorkian
Recombinant antibody fragments are promising alternatives to full-length immunoglobulins and offer important advantages compared with conventional monoclonal antibodies: extreme specificity, higher affinity, superior stability and solubility, reduced immunogenicity as well as easy and inexpensive large-scale production. Different antibody formats such as single-chain fragment variable (scFv), single-domain antibody fragments (VHHs or sdAbs), bispecific antibodies (bsAbs), intrabodies and nanobodies, are currently being studied in pre-clinical models of cancer as well as infectious and autoimmune diseases and many of them are being tested as therapeutics in clinical trials...
September 30, 2016: Current Neuropharmacology
Jennifer Whitwell, Jonathan Graff-Radford, Tarun Singh, Daniel Drubach, Matthew Senjem, Anthony Spychalla, Nirubol Tosakulwong, Val J Lowe, Keith Josephs
: Posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) and Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) have both been associated with occipital lobe hypometabolism on (18)F fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET), while relative sparing of posterior cingulate metabolism compared to precuneus/cuneus (i.e. cingulate island sign) is a feature of DLB. We aimed to determine whether patterns of hypometabolism or the cingulate island sign differed between PCA and DLB. METHODS: Sixteen clinically diagnosed PCA and 13 probable DLB subjects underwent (18)F-FDG PET...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Yu Funahashi, Yuta Yoshino, Kiyohiro Yamazaki, Yoko Mori, Takaaki Mori, Yuki Ozaki, Tomoko Sao, Shinichiro Ochi, Jun-Ichi Iga, Shu-Ichi Ueno
AIM: It is difficult to diagnose dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) because it exhibits clinical and neuropathological overlap with both Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD). The α-synuclein protein is a major component of Lewy bodies, and accumulation of α-synuclein aggregates causes synaptic dysfunction in DLB. Epigenetic changes at the synuclein alpha gene (SNCA) may be involved in DLB pathogenesis. METHODS: We examined DNA methylation rates at 10 CpG sites located in intron 1 of SNCA and SNCA mRNA expression in peripheral leukocytes to compare DLB patients (n = 20; 9 males, 11 females; age = 78...
September 29, 2016: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Celia Kun-Rodrigues, Owen A Ross, Tatiana Orme, Claire Shepherd, Laura Parkkinen, Lee Darwent, Dena Hernandez, Olaf Ansorge, Lorraine N Clark, Lawrence S Honig, Karen Marder, Afina Lemstra, Philippe Scheltens, Wiesje van der Flier, Eva Louwersheimer, Henne Holstege, Ekaterina Rogaeva, Peter St George-Hyslop, Elisabet Londos, Henrik Zetterberg, Imelda Barber, Anne Braae, Kristelle Brown, Kevin Morgan, Walter Maetzler, Daniela Berg, Claire Troakes, Safa Al-Sarraj, Tammaryn Lashley, Janice Holton, Yaroslau Compta, Vivianna Van Deerlin, John Q Trojanowski, Geidy E Serrano, Thomas G Beach, Jordi Clarimon, Alberto Lleó, Estrella Morenas-Rodríguez, Suzanne Lesage, Douglas Galasko, Eliezer Masliah, Isabel Santana, Monica Diez, Pau Pastor, Pentti J Tienari, Liisa Myllykangas, Minna Oinas, Tamas Revesz, Andrew Lees, Brad F Boeve, Ronald C Petersen, Tanis J Ferman, Valentina Escott-Price, Neill Graff-Radford, Nigel J Cairns, John C Morris, David J Stone, Stuart Pickering-Brown, David Mann, Dennis W Dickson, Glenda M Halliday, Andrew Singleton, Rita Guerreiro, Jose Bras
C9orf72 repeat expansions are a common cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia. To date, no large-scale study of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) has been undertaken to assess the role of C9orf72 repeat expansions in the disease. Here, we investigated the prevalence of C9orf72 repeat expansions in a large cohort of DLB cases and identified no pathogenic repeat expansions in neuropathologically or clinically defined cases, showing that C9orf72 repeat expansions are not causally associated with DLB...
September 2, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
Maciej Pietrzak, Audrey Papp, Amanda Curtis, Samuel K Handelman, Maria Kataki, Douglas W Scharre, Grzegorz Rempala, Wolfgang Sadee
Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder in the elderly. The development and progression of DLB remain unclear. In this study we used next generation sequencing to assess RNA expression profiles and cellular processes associated with DLB in the anterior cingulate cortex, a brain region affected by DLB pathology. The expression measurements were made in autopsy brain tissues from 8 DLB subjects and 10 age-matched controls using AmpliSeq technology with ion torrent sequencing...
October 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Alana Hoffmann, Benjamin Ettle, Ariane Bruno, Anna Kulinich, Anna-Carin Hoffmann, Julia von Wittgenstein, Jürgen Winkler, Wei Xiang, Johannes C M Schlachetzki
Synucleinopathies such as Parkinson's disease (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), and multiple system atrophy (MSA) are defined by the presence of intracellular alpha-synuclein aggregates in neurons and/or oligodendrocytes. In addition, post mortem tissue analysis revealed profound changes in microglial morphology, indicating microglial activation and neuroinflammation. Thus, alpha-synuclein may directly activate microglia, leading to increased production of key pro-inflammatory cytokines like tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin-1beta (IL-1β), which in turn modulates the disease progression...
October 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Clélie Phillipps, Jennifer Kemp, Christel Jacob, Alyssa Veronneau, Timothée Albasser, Nathalie Philippi, Benjamin Cretin, Frédéric Bernard, Frédéric Blanc
The production of false memories (FMs) is a normal phenomenon, which can be affected in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Only few studies investigated FMs in patients with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). The aim of our preliminary study was to assess FMs in patients with DLB and to identify the underlying cognitive deficits influencing the production of FMs in DLB and AD. Ten AD patients and nine DLB patients performed a memory task (free recall and recognition) coupling two paradigms, namely the DRM (Deese-Roediger-McDermott) paradigm, promoting the production of FMs and the "Remember/Know" (R/K) paradigm, allowing to investigate the phenomenological experience during the recollection of a memory...
September 1, 2016: Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement
Adrienne M Keener, Yvette M Bordelon
Parkinsonism is a clinical syndrome, which is characterized by bradykinesia, rigidity, rest tremor, and postural instability. Idiopathic Parkinson disease (PD) is the most common cause of this syndrome, though there are several other important etiologies that must be considered. These include the atypical Parkinsonian disorders multiple system atrophy (MSA), dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), and corticobasal syndrome (CBS); as well as secondary causes of parkinsonism. These various disease entities may be distinguished based on key clinical features, which is critical for the purposes of diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis...
August 2016: Seminars in Neurology
Roberto Cilia, Sara Tunesi, Giorgio Marotta, Emanuele Cereda, Chiara Siri, Silvana Tesei, Anna L Zecchinelli, Margherita Canesi, Claudio B Mariani, Nicoletta Meucci, Giorgio Sacilotto, Michela Zini, Michela Barichella, Corrado Magnani, Stefano Duga, Rosanna Asselta, Giulia Soldà, Agostino Seresini, Manuela Seia, Gianni Pezzoli, Stefano Goldwurm
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this work was to investigate survival, dementia, and genotype-phenotype correlations in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) with and without mutations on the glucocerebrosidase gene (GBA). METHODS: We included 2,764 unrelated consecutive PD patients: 123 GBA carriers (67 mild-p.N370S and 56 severe mainly p.L444P) and 2,641 noncarriers. Brain perfusion and dopamine transporter imaging was analyzed, including dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) as an additional control group...
September 15, 2016: Annals of Neurology
L Bonanni, A Cagnin, F Agosta, C Babiloni, B Borroni, M Bozzali, A C Bruni, M Filippi, D Galimberti, R Monastero, C Muscio, L Parnetti, D Perani, L Serra, V Silani, P Tiraboschi, A Padovani
Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) causes elevated outlays for the National Health Systems due to high institutionalization rate and patients' reduced quality of life and high mortality. Furthermore, DLB is often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease. These data motivate harmonized multicenter longitudinal cohort studies to improve clinical management and therapy monitoring. The Italian DLB study group of the Italian Neurological Society for dementia (SINdem) developed and emailed a semi-structured questionnaire to 572 national dementia centers (from primary to tertiary) to prepare an Italian large longitudinal cohort...
September 13, 2016: Neurological Sciences
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