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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181693/frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-tdp-with-multiple-system-atrophy-phenocopy-syndrome
#1
Ana Luísa Sousa, Ricardo Taipa, Niall Quinn, Tamas Revesz, Manuel Melo Pires, Marina Magalhães
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a neurodegenerative disorder presenting with parkinsonism, cerebellar involvement, autonomic dysfunction and pyramidal signs (1). Two main clinical subtypes of MSA are recognized: a parkinsonian-type (MSA-P) associated with predominant nigrostriatal degeneration and a cerebellar-type (MSA-C) with predominant olivopontocerebellar atrophy. A 'definite' diagnosis requires pathological confirmation with demonstration of glial cytoplasmic inclusions comprising alpha-synuclein protein aggregates (1)...
February 9, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147269/altered-tau-isoform-ratio-caused-by-loss-of-fus-and-sfpq-function-leads-to-ftld-like-phenotypes
#2
Shinsuke Ishigaki, Yusuke Fujioka, Yohei Okada, Yuichi Riku, Tsuyoshi Udagawa, Daiyu Honda, Satoshi Yokoi, Kuniyuki Endo, Kensuke Ikenaka, Shinnosuke Takagi, Yohei Iguchi, Naruhiko Sahara, Akihiko Takashima, Hideyuki Okano, Mari Yoshida, Hitoshi Warita, Masashi Aoki, Hirohisa Watanabe, Haruo Okado, Masahisa Katsuno, Gen Sobue
Fused in sarcoma (FUS) and splicing factor, proline- and glutamine-rich (SFPQ) are RNA binding proteins that regulate RNA metabolism. We found that alternative splicing of the Mapt gene at exon 10, which generates 4-repeat tau (4R-T) and 3-repeat tau (3R-T), is regulated by interactions between FUS and SFPQ in the nuclei of neurons. Hippocampus-specific FUS- or SFPQ-knockdown mice exhibit frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD)-like behaviors, reduced adult neurogenesis, accumulation of phosphorylated tau, and hippocampal atrophy with neuronal loss through an increased 4R-T/3R-T ratio...
January 31, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133816/typical-and-atypical-pathology-in-primary-progressive-aphasia-variants
#3
Edoardo G Spinelli, Maria Luisa Mandelli, Zachary A Miller, Miguel A Santos-Santos, Stephen M Wilson, Federica Agosta, Lea T Grinberg, Eric J Huang, John Q Trojanowski, Marita Meyer, Maya L Henry, Giancarlo Comi, Gil Rabinovici, Howard J Rosen, Massimo Filippi, Bruce L Miller, William W Seeley, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini
OBJECTIVE: To characterize in vivo signatures of pathological diagnosis in a large cohort of patients with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) variants defined by current diagnostic classification. METHODS: Extensive clinical, cognitive, neuroimaging, and neuropathological data were collected from 69 patients with sporadic PPA, divided into 29 semantic (svPPA), 25 non-fluent (nfvPPA), 11 logopenic (lvPPA), and 4 mixed PPA. Patterns of grey matter (GM) and white matter (WM) atrophy at presentation were assessed and tested as predictors of pathological diagnosis using support vector machine (SVM) algorithms...
January 30, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130640/expansion-of-the-classification-of-ftld-tdp-distinct-pathology-associated-with-rapidly-progressive-frontotemporal-degeneration
#4
Edward B Lee, Sílvia Porta, G Michael Baer, Yan Xu, EunRan Suh, Linda K Kwong, Lauren Elman, Murray Grossman, Virginia M-Y Lee, David J Irwin, Vivianna M Van Deerlin, John Q Trojanowski
Frontotemporal lobar degeneration with TDP-43 inclusions (FTLD-TDP) can typically be categorized into one of four distinct histopathologic patterns of TDP-43 pathology, types A to D. The strength of this histopathologic classification lies in the association between FTLD-TDP subtypes and various clinical and genetic features of disease. Seven cases of FTLD-TDP were identified here which were difficult to classify based on existing pathologic criteria. Distinct features common to these cases included TDP-43 aggregates over a wide neuroanatomic distribution comprised of granulofilamentous neuronal inclusions, abundant grains, and oligodendroglial inclusions...
January 27, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130313/the-genetics-of-c9orf72-expansions
#5
Ilse Gijselinck, Marc Cruts, Christine Van Broeckhoven
Repeat expansions in the promoter region of C9orf72 are the most common genetic cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and related disorders of the ALS/frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) spectrum. Remarkable clinical heterogeneity among patients with a repeat expansion has been observed, and genetic anticipation over different generations has been suggested. Genetic factors modifying the clinical phenotype have been proposed, including genetic variation in other known disease genes, the genomic context of the C9orf72 repeat, and expanded repeat size, which has been estimated between 45 and several thousand units...
January 27, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128723/white-matter-pathology-in-sporadic-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-with-tdp-43-proteinopathy
#6
Richard A Armstrong
AIMS: To characterize white matter pathology in frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) with TDP-43 proteinopathy (FTLD-TDP) and its relationship to gray matter pathology. MATERIAL: Fiber tracts from frontal and temporal lobes of 10 sporadic cases of FTLD and 8 controls. METHOD: Density and spatial patterns of vacuolation, glial cell nuclei, and glial inclusions (GI) were studied in 4 fiber tracts from each case. RESULTS: Densities of vacuoles but not glial cells were greater in FTLD-TDP than controls...
January 27, 2017: Clinical Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126008/elevated-tmem106b-levels-exaggerate-lipofuscin-accumulation-and-lysosomal-dysfunction-in-aged-mice-with-progranulin-deficiency
#7
Xiaolai Zhou, Lirong Sun, Owen Adam Brady, Kira A Murphy, Fenghua Hu
Mutations resulting in haploinsufficiency of progranulin (PGRN) cause frontotemporal lobar degeneration with TDP-43-positive inclusions (FTLD-TDP), a devastating neurodegenerative disease. Accumulating evidence suggest a crucial role of progranulin in maintaining proper lysosomal function during aging. TMEM106B has been identified as a risk factor for frontotemporal lobar degeneration with progranulin mutations and elevated mRNA and protein levels of TMEM106B are associated with increased risk for frontotemporal lobar degeneration...
January 26, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100023/frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-pathogenesis-pathology-and-pathways-to-phenotype
#8
REVIEW
David Ma Mann, Julie S Snowden
Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD) is a clinically, pathologically and genetically heterogeneous group of disorders that affect principally the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. There are three major associated clinical syndromes, behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), semantic dementia (SD) and progressive non-fluent aphasia (PNFA); three principal histologies, involving tau, TDP-43 and FUS proteins; and mutations in three major genes, MAPT, GRN and C9orf72, along with several other less common gene mutations...
January 18, 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096243/fused-in-sarcoma-neuropathology-in-neurodegenerative-disease
#9
Ian R A Mackenzie, Manuela Neumann
Abnormal intracellular accumulation of the fused in sarcoma (FUS) protein is the characteristic pathological feature of cases of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) caused by FUS mutations (ALS-FUS) and several uncommon disorders that may present with sporadic frontotemporal dementia (FTLD-FUS). Although these findings provide further support for the concept that ALS and FTD are closely related clinical syndromes with an overlapping molecular basis, important differences in the pathological features and results from experimental models indicate that ALS-FUS and FTLD-FUS have distinct pathogenic mechanisms...
January 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088213/glycine-alanine-dipeptide-repeat-protein-contributes-to-toxicity-in-a-zebrafish-model-of-c9orf72-associated-neurodegeneration
#10
Yu Ohki, Andrea Wenninger-Weinzierl, Alexander Hruscha, Kazuhide Asakawa, Koichi Kawakami, Christian Haass, Dieter Edbauer, Bettina Schmid
BACKGROUND: The most frequent genetic cause of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the expansion of a GGGGCC hexanucleotide repeat in a non-coding region of the chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 (C9orf72) locus. The pathological hallmarks observed in C9orf72 repeat expansion carriers are the formation of RNA foci and deposition of dipeptide repeat (DPR) proteins derived from repeat associated non-ATG (RAN) translation. Currently, it is unclear whether formation of RNA foci, DPR translation products, or partial loss of C9orf72 predominantly drive neurotoxicity in vivo...
January 14, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087828/tdp-43-pathology-and-memory-impairment-in-elders-without-pathologic-diagnoses-of-ad-or-ftld
#11
Sukriti Nag, Lei Yu, Robert S Wilson, Er-Yun Chen, David A Bennett, Julie A Schneider
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association of TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43) pathology with memory, other cognitive domains, and dementia in community-dwelling elders without pathologic diagnoses of Alzheimer disease (AD) or frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). METHODS: Of 1,058 autopsied participants, 343 (32.4%) did not have pathologic diagnoses of AD or FTLD. Diagnosis of dementia was based on clinical evaluation and cognitive performance tests, which were used to create summary measures of global cognition and of 5 cognitive domains...
January 13, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077166/threonine-175-a-novel-pathological-phosphorylation-site-on-tau-protein-linked-to-multiple-tauopathies
#12
Alexander J Moszczynski, Wencheng Yang, Robert Hammond, Lee Cyn Ang, Michael J Strong
Microtubule associated protein tau (tau) deposition is associated with a spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases collectively termed tauopathies. We have previously shown that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) with cognitive impairment (ALSci) is associated with tau phosphorylation at Thr(175) and that this leads to activation of GSK3β which then induces phosphorylation at tau Thr(231). This latter step leads to dissociation of tau from microtubules and pathological tau fibril formation. To determine the extent to which this pathway is unique to ALS, we have investigated the expression of pThr(175) tau and pThr(231) tau across a range of frontotemporal degenerations...
January 11, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073925/progranulin-regulates-lysosomal-function-and-biogenesis-through-acidification-of-lysosomes
#13
Yoshinori Tanaka, Genjiro Suzuki, Takashi Matsuwaki, Masato Hosokawa, Geidy Serrano, Thomas G Beach, Keitaro Yamanouchi, Masato Hasegawa, Masugi Nishihara
Progranulin (PGRN) haploinsufficiency resulting from loss-of-function mutations in the PGRN gene causes frontotemporal lobar degeneration accompanied by TDP-43 accumulation, and patients with homozygous mutations in the PGRN gene present with neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis. Although it remains unknown why PGRN deficiency causes neurodegenerative diseases, there is increasing evidence that PGRN is implicated in lysosomal functions. Here, we show PGRN is a secretory lysosomal protein that regulates lysosomal function and biogenesis by controlling the acidification of lysosomes...
January 10, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062558/biological-spectrum-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-prions
#14
Magdalini Polymenidou, Don W Cleveland
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar dementia (FTLD) are two neurodegenerative diseases with distinct clinical features but common genetic causes and neuropathological signatures. Ten years after the RNA-binding protein TDP-43 was discovered as the main protein in the cytoplasmic inclusions that characterize ALS and FTLD, their pathogenic mechanisms have never seemed more complex. Indeed, discoveries of the past decade have revolutionized our understanding of these diseases, highlighting their genetic heterogeneity and the involvement of protein-RNA assemblies in their pathogenesis...
January 6, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062555/antibody-therapeutics-targeting-a%C3%AE-and-tau
#15
Gilbert Gallardo, David M Holtzman
The astonishing findings that active and passive immunization against amyloid-β (Aβ) in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease (AD) dramatically decreased amyloid burden led to a rapid initiation of human clinical trials with much enthusiasm. However, methodological issues and adverse effects relating to these clinical trials arose, challenging the effectiveness and safety of these reagents. Efforts are now underway to develop safer immunotherapeutic approaches toward Aβ and the treatment of individuals at risk for AD before or in the earliest stages of cognitive decline with new hopes...
January 6, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058507/als-ftld-experimental-models-and-reality
#16
REVIEW
Rachel H Tan, Yazi D Ke, Lars M Ittner, Glenda M Halliday
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is characterised by a loss of upper and lower motor neurons and characteristic muscle weakness and wasting, the most common form being sporadic disease with neuronal inclusions containing the tar DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43). Frontotemporal lobar degeneration is characterised by atrophy of the frontal and/or temporal lobes, the most common clinical form being the behavioural variant, in which neuronal inclusions containing either TDP-43 or 3-repeat tau are most prevalent. Although the genetic mutations associated with these diseases have allowed various experimental models to be developed, the initial genetic forms identified remain the most common models employed to date...
January 5, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040728/cytoplasmic-poly-ga-aggregates-impair-nuclear-import-of-tdp-43-in-c9orf72-als-ftld
#17
Bahram Khosravi, Hannelore Hartmann, Stephanie May, Christoph Möhl, Helena Ederle, Meike Michaelsen, Martin H Schludi, Dorothee Dormann, Dieter Edbauer
A repeat expansion in the non-coding region of C9orf72 gene is the most common mutation causing frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Sense and antisense transcripts are translated into aggregating dipeptide repeat (DPR) proteins in all reading frames (poly-GA,-GP,-GR,-PA and -PR) through an unconventional mechanism. How these changes contribute to cytoplasmic mislocalization and aggregation of TDP-43 and thereby ultimately lead to neuron loss remains unclear. The repeat RNA itself and poly-GR/PR have been linked to impaired nucleocytoplasmic transport...
December 30, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005562/neuropsychological-testing-in-pathologically-verified-alzheimer-disease-and-frontotemporal-dementia-how-well-do-the-uniform-data-set-measures-differentiate-between-diseases
#18
Aaron R Ritter, Gabriel C Leger, Justin B Miller, Sarah J Banks
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Differences in cognition between frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and Alzheimer disease (AD) are well described in clinical cohorts, but have rarely been confirmed in studies with pathologic verification. For emerging therapeutics to succeed, determining underlying pathology early in the disease course is increasingly important. Neuropsychological evaluation is an important component of the diagnostic workup for AD and FTD. Patients with FTD are thought to have greater deficits in language and executive function while patients with AD are more likely to have deficits in memory...
December 21, 2016: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999880/-pathomechanisms-and-clinical-aspects-of-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration
#19
REVIEW
K Bürger, T Arzberger, J Stephan, J Levin, D Edbauer
BACKGROUND: Frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) includes a spectrum of heterogeneous clinical and neuropathological diseases. In a strict sense this includes the behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) and primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and both variants can be associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (FTD-ALS). In a broader sense FTLD also includes progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and corticobasal syndrome (CBS). In recent years the strong genetic component of FTLD has become increasingly clear...
December 20, 2016: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997711/alzheimer-neuropathology-without-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-hallmarks-tar-dna-binding-protein-43-inclusions-in-missense-progranulin-mutation-cys139arg
#20
Veronica Redaelli, Giacomina Rossi, Emanuela Maderna, Gabor G Kovacs, Elena Piccoli, Paola Caroppo, Francesca Cacciatore, Sonia Spinello, Marina Grisoli, Giuliano Sozzi, Andrea Salmaggi, Fabrizio Tagliavini, Giorgio Giaccone
Null mutations in progranulin gene (GRN) reduce the progranulin production resulting in haploinsufficiency and are tightly associated with tau-negative frontotemporal lobar degeneration with TAR DNA-binding protein 43-positive inclusions (FTLD-TDP). Missense mutations of GRN were also identified, but their effects are not completely clear, in particular unanswered is the question of what neuropathology they elicit, also considering that their occurrence has been reported in patients with typical clinical features of Alzheimer disease...
December 20, 2016: Brain Pathology
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