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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510312/the-midbrain-to-pons-ratio-distinguishes-progressive-supranuclear-palsy-from-non-fluent-primary-progressive-aphasias
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M Silsby, R Y Tweedie-Cullen, C R Murray, G M Halliday, J R Hodges, J R Burrell
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To determine the clinical utility of the midbrain-to-pons (M/P) ratio as a clinical biomarker of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) in patients with non-fluent primary progressive aphasia syndromes. METHODS: Patients with PSP, progressive non-fluent aphasia (PNFA) and logopenic progressive aphasia (LPA) were recruited. Patients were diagnosed clinically, but pathological confirmation was available in a proportion of patients. Midbrain and pons areas were measured using Osirix Lite, a free DICOM viewer...
May 16, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507319/longitudinal-changes-of-tau-pet-imaging-in-relation-to-hypometabolism-in-prodromal-and-alzheimer-s-disease-dementia
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K Chiotis, L Saint-Aubert, E Rodriguez-Vieitez, A Leuzy, O Almkvist, I Savitcheva, M Jonasson, M Lubberink, A Wall, G Antoni, A Nordberg
The development of tau-specific positron emission tomography (PET) tracers allows imaging in vivo the regional load of tau pathology in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other tauopathies. Eighteen patients with baseline investigations enroled in a 17-month follow-up study, including 16 with AD (10 had mild cognitive impairment and a positive amyloid PET scan, that is, prodromal AD, and six had AD dementia) and two with corticobasal syndrome. All patients underwent PET scans with [(18)F]THK5317 (tau deposition) and [(18)F]FDG (glucose metabolism) at baseline and follow-up, neuropsychological assessment at baseline and follow-up and a scan with [(11)C]PIB (amyloid-β deposition) at baseline only...
May 16, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506438/prion-like-spreading-in-tauopathies
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REVIEW
Jacob I Ayers, Benoit I Giasson, David R Borchelt
Tau is a microtubule-associated protein that functions in regulating cytoskeleton dynamics, especially in neurons. Misfolded and aggregated forms of tau produce pathological structures in a number of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease (AD) and tauopathy dementias. These disorders can present with a sporadic etiology, such as in AD, or a familial etiology, such as in some cases of frontotemporal dementia with parkinsonism. Notably, the pathological features of tau pathology in these diseases can be very distinct...
April 13, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500752/which-ante-mortem-clinical-features-predict-progressive-supranuclear-palsy-pathology
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Gesine Respondek, Carolin Kurz, Thomas Arzberger, Yaroslau Compta, Elisabet Englund, Leslie W Ferguson, Ellen Gelpi, Armin Giese, David J Irwin, Wassilios G Meissner, Christer Nilsson, Alexander Pantelyat, Alex Rajput, John C van Swieten, Claire Troakes, Keith A Josephs, Anthony E Lang, Brit Mollenhauer, Ulrich Müller, Jennifer L Whitwell, Angelo Antonini, Kailash P Bhatia, Yvette Bordelon, Jean-Christophe Corvol, Carlo Colosimo, Richard Dodel, Murray Grossman, Jan Kassubek, Florian Krismer, Johannes Levin, Stefan Lorenzl, Huw Morris, Peter Nestor, Wolfgang H Oertel, Gil D Rabinovici, James B Rowe, Thilo van Eimeren, Gregor K Wenning, Adam Boxer, Lawrence I Golbe, Irene Litvan, Maria Stamelou, Günter U Höglinger
BACKGROUND: Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a neuropathologically defined disease presenting with a broad spectrum of clinical phenotypes. OBJECTIVE: To identify clinical features and investigations that predict or exclude PSP pathology during life, aiming at an optimization of the clinical diagnostic criteria for PSP. METHODS: We performed a systematic review of the literature published since 1996 to identify clinical features and investigations that may predict or exclude PSP pathology...
May 13, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486594/apathy-and-impulsivity-in-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-syndromes
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Claire J Lansdall, Ian T S Coyle-Gilchrist, P Simon Jones, Patricia Vázquez Rodríguez, Alicia Wilcox, Eileen Wehmann, Katrina M Dick, Trevor W Robbins, James B Rowe
Apathy and impulsivity are common and disabling consequences of frontotemporal lobar degeneration. They cause substantial carer distress, but their aetiology remains elusive. There are critical limitations to previous studies in this area including (i) the assessment of either apathy or impulsivity alone, despite their frequent co-existence; (ii) the assessment of behavioural changes within single diagnostic groups; and (iii) the use of limited sets of tasks or questions that relate to just one aspect of these multifactorial constructs...
May 9, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484383/when-playing-is-a-problem-an-atypical-case-of-alien-hand-syndrome-in-a-professional-pianist
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Arantxa Alfaro, Ángela Bernabeu, Francisco J Badesa, Nicolas García, Eduardo Fernández
Alien hand syndrome (AHS) is a neurological illness characterized by limb movements which are carried out without being aware of it. Many patients describe these movements as aggressive and some perceive a strong feeling of estrangement and go so far as to deny ownership. The sense of body ownership is the perception that parts of one's body pertain to oneself, despite it is moving or not and if movement is intentional or unintentional. These anomalous self-experiences may arise in patients with focal brain lesions and provide unique opportunities to disclose the neural components underlying self-body perception...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474385/disrupted-topological-organization-of-structural-networks-revealed-by-probabilistic-diffusion-tractography-in-tourette-syndrome-children
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Hongwei Wen, Yue Liu, Islem Rekik, Shengpei Wang, Jishui Zhang, Yue Zhang, Yun Peng, Huiguang He
Tourette syndrome (TS) is a childhood-onset neurobehavioral disorder. Although previous TS studies revealed structural abnormalities in distinct corticobasal ganglia circuits, the topological alterations of the whole-brain white matter (WM) structural networks remain poorly understood. Here, we used diffusion MRI probabilistic tractography and graph theoretical analysis to investigate the topological organization of WM networks in 44 drug-naive TS children and 41 age- and gender-matched healthy children. The WM networks were constructed by estimating inter-regional connectivity probability and the topological properties were characterized using graph theory...
May 5, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473694/accumulation-of-multiple-neurodegenerative-disease-related-proteins-in-familial-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-associated-with-granulin-mutation
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Masato Hosokawa, Hiromi Kondo, Geidy E Serrano, Thomas G Beach, Andrew C Robinson, David M Mann, Haruhiko Akiyama, Masato Hasegawa, Tetsuaki Arai
In 2006, mutations in the granulin gene were identified in patients with familial Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration. Granulin transcript haploinsufficiency has been proposed as a disease mechanism that leads to the loss of functional progranulin protein. Granulin mutations were initially found in tau-negative patients, though recent findings indicate that these mutations are associated with other neurodegenerative disorders with tau pathology, including Alzheimer's disease and corticobasal degeneration. Moreover, a reduction in progranulin in tau transgenic mice is associated with increasing tau accumulation...
May 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469972/a-wolf-in-sheep-s-clothing-an-alien-leg-in-corticobasal-syndrome
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Diana Angelika Olszewska, Allan McCarthy, Brian Murray, Brian Magennis, Sean Connolly, Tim Lynch
BACKGROUND: Alien limb phenomenon occurs in 50-60% of patients with corticobasal syndrome (CBS) and usually presents with an "alien hand" phenomenon. The "alien foot" presentation is rarer and may be misdiagnosed, as foot involvement can lead to erroneous localization of the clinical problem to the knee, hip, or back. Subsequently misdiagnoses such as myelopathy, radiculopathy, functional disorder, stiff leg syndrome, neuromyotonia, and painful leg moving toes syndrome may occur. CASE REPORT: We describe two patients with alien foot symptoms that resulted in multiple opinions from different specialists, multiple diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and delayed diagnosis...
2017: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458551/levodopa-responsive-depression-associated-with-corticobasal-degeneration-a-case-report
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Natsumi Tarakita, Haruo Nishijima, Norio Yasui-Furukori
A 60-year-old female was treated for depression with the antidepressant paroxetine for 13 years. The patient had experienced clumsiness and mild rigidity in the left hand, and had agraphia and mild subjective memory complaints for 3 years prior to admission in our hospital. She experienced exacerbated depression that included worsened depressive mood, lowered motivation, and suicidal ideation without precipitating stressful life events for 2 years prior to admission, and although she had continued taking the antidepressant, these symptoms were not ameliorated by increasing the dose of paroxetine...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455846/tool-use-in-neurodegenerative-diseases-planning-or-technical-reasoning
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Josselin Baumard, Mathieu Lesourd, Chrystelle Remigereau, Christophe Jarry, Frédérique Etcharry-Bouyx, Valérie Chauviré, François Osiurak, Didier Le Gall
Recent works showed that tool use can be impaired in stroke patients because of either planning or technical reasoning deficits, but these two hypotheses have not yet been compared in the field of neurodegenerative diseases. The aim of this study was to address the relationships between real tool use, mechanical problem-solving, and planning skills in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD, n = 32), semantic dementia (SD, n = 16), and corticobasal syndrome (CBS, n = 9). Patients were asked to select and use ten common tools, to solve three mechanical problems, and to complete the Tower of London test...
April 29, 2017: Journal of Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453492/quantification-of-butyrylcholinesterase-activity-as-a-sensitive-and-specific-biomarker-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Ian R Macdonald, Selena P Maxwell, George A Reid, Meghan K Cash, Drew R DeBay, Sultan Darvesh
Amyloid-β (Aβ) plaques are a neuropathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD); however, a significant number of cognitively normal older adults can also have Aβ plaques. Thus, distinguishing AD from cognitively normal individuals with Aβ plaques (NwAβ) based on Aβ plaque detection is challenging. It has been observed that butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) accumulates in plaques preferentially in AD. Thus, detecting BChE-associated plaques has the potential as an improved AD biomarker. We present Aβ, thioflavin-S, and BChE quantification of 26 postmortem brain tissues; AD (n = 8), NwAβ (n = 6), cognitively normal without plaques (n = 8), and other common dementias including corticobasal degeneration, frontotemporal dementia with tau, dementia with Lewy bodies, and vascular dementia...
2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413156/exposure-of-the-amino-terminus-of-tau-is-a-pathological-event-in-multiple-tauopathies
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Benjamin Combs, Nicholas M Kanaan
Pathological changes to the tau protein, including conformational changes and aggregation, are major hallmarks of a group of neurodegenerative disorders known as tauopathies. Among the conformational changes are alterations involving the extreme amino terminus of the protein, known as the phosphatase-activating domain (PAD). Aberrant PAD exposure induces a signaling cascade that leads to disruption of axonal transport, a critical function for neuronal survival. Conformational display of PAD is an early marker of pathological tau in Alzheimer disease (AD), but its role in other tauopathies has yet to be firmly established...
April 13, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410663/frontotemporal-dementia
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REVIEW
Nicholas T Olney, Salvatore Spina, Bruce L Miller
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a heterogeneous disorder with distinct clinical phenotypes associated with multiple neuropathologic entities. Presently, the term FTD encompasses clinical disorders that include changes in behavior, language, executive control, and often motor symptoms. The core FTD spectrum disorders include behavioral variant FTD, nonfluent/agrammatic variant primary progressive aphasia, and semantic variant PPA. Related FTD disorders include frontotemporal dementia with motor neuron disease, progressive supranuclear palsy syndrome, and corticobasal syndrome...
May 2017: Neurologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402959/meta-analysis-of-the-association-between-variants-in-mapt-and-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Cheng-Cheng Zhang, Jun-Xia Zhu, Yu Wan, Lin Tan, Hui-Fu Wang, Jin-Tai Yu, Lan Tan
Microtubule-associated protein tau (MAPT) gene is compelling among the susceptibility genes of neurodegenerative diseases which include Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Our meta-analysis aimed to find the association between MAPT and the risk of these diseases. Published literatures were retrieved from MEDLINE and other databases, and 82 case-control studies were recruited...
March 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390475/corrigendum-to-gray-and-white-matter-structural-changes-in-corticobasal-syndrome-neurobiol-aging-37-2016-82-90
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Neeraj Upadhyay, Antonio Suppa, Maria Cristina Piattella, Flavio Di Stasio, Nikolaos Petsas, Claudio Colonnese, Carlo Colosimo, Alfredo Berardelli, Patrizia Pantano
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389938/combined-visual-and-semi-quantitative-assessment-of-123-i-fp-cit-spect-for-the-diagnosis-of-dopaminergic-neurodegenerative-diseases
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Jun Ueda, Hajime Yoshimura, Keiji Shimizu, Megumu Hino, Nobuo Kohara
Visual and semi-quantitative assessments of (123)I-FP-CIT single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) are useful for the diagnosis of dopaminergic neurodegenerative diseases (dNDD), including Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy, and corticobasal degeneration. However, the diagnostic value of combined visual and semi-quantitative assessment in dNDD remains unclear. Among 239 consecutive patients with a newly diagnosed possible parkinsonian syndrome who underwent (123)I-FP-CIT SPECT in our medical center, 114 patients with a disease duration less than 7 years were diagnosed as dNDD with the established criteria or as non-dNDD according to clinical judgment...
April 7, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386688/beyond-the-midbrain-atrophy-wide-spectrum-of-structural-mri-finding-in-cases-of-pathologically-proven-progressive-supranuclear-palsy
#18
REVIEW
Keita Sakurai, Aya M Tokumaru, Keigo Shimoji, Shigeo Murayama, Kazutomi Kanemaru, Satoru Morimoto, Ikuko Aiba, Motoo Nakagawa, Yoshiyuki Ozawa, Masashi Shimohira, Noriyuki Matsukawa, Yoshio Hashizume, Yuta Shibamoto
PURPOSE: Recently, it has been recognized that pathologically proven progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) cases are classified into various clinical subtypes with non-uniform symptoms and imaging findings. This article reviews essential imaging findings, general information, and advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques for PSP and presents these MRI findings of pathologically proven typical and atypical PSP cases for educational purposes. METHODS: With the review of literatures, notably including atypical pathologically proven PSP cases, MRI and clinical information of 15 pathologically proven typical and atypical PSP cases were retrospectively evaluated...
May 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378615/the-utility-of-fdg-pet-in-the-differential-diagnosis-of-parkinsonism
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Leposava Brajkovic, Vladimir Kostic, Dragana Sobic-Saranovic, Elka Stefanova, Milica Jecmenica-Lukic, Ana Jesic, Milica Stojiljkovic, Strahinja Odalovic, Francesca Gallivanone, Isabella Castiglioni, Branislava Radovic, Goran Trajkovic, Vera Artiko
INTRODUCTION: Differential diagnosis of parkinsonian disorders can be difficult on clinical grounds, especially in the early stage. Recent advancements in 18-F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) imaging reveals different patterns of regional glucose metabolism in idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD) and atypical parkinsonian syndromes, such as multiple system atrophy (MSA), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and corticobasal syndrome (CBS), which may help differentiating between these conditions...
April 5, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370398/tau-aggregates-where-when-why-and-what-consequences
#20
EDITORIAL
Matthew P Frosch
Neuropathologists have been aware of neurofibrillary tangles for more than a century following their description as part of Alois Alzheimer's initial report. Since those early days, our understanding of the relationship of this particular type of cellular inclusion associated with neurodegeneration has continually broadened. Textbooks, now a partially antiquated concept, commonly list a range of disorders as being associated with tangles -NDASH- including typical neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer disease [AD], forms of frontotemporal lobar degenerations [FTLD-tau], progressive supranuclear palsy [PSP], corticobasal degeneration [CBD], primary aged related tauopathy [PART]), secondary degenerative diseases such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, metabolic disease (Niemann-Pick disease type C) and infections (SSPE)...
April 2, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
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