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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142232/tdp-43-misexpression-causes-defects-in-dendritic-growth
#1
Josiah J Herzog, Mugdha Deshpande, Leah Shapiro, Avital A Rodal, Suzanne Paradis
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) share overlapping genetic causes and disease symptoms, and are linked neuropathologically by the RNA binding protein TDP-43 (TAR DNA binding protein-43 kDa). TDP-43 regulates RNA metabolism, trafficking, and localization of thousands of target genes. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which dysfunction of TDP-43 contributes to disease pathogenesis and progression remain unclear. Severe changes in the structure of neuronal dendritic arbors disrupt proper circuit connectivity, which in turn could contribute to neurodegenerative disease...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053860/clinicopathological-correlations-in-behavioural-variant-frontotemporal-dementia
#2
David C Perry, Jesse A Brown, Katherine L Possin, Samir Datta, Andrew Trujillo, Anneliese Radke, Anna Karydas, John Kornak, Ana C Sias, Gil D Rabinovici, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini, Adam L Boxer, Mary De May, Katherine P Rankin, Virginia E Sturm, Suzee E Lee, Brandy R Matthews, Aimee W Kao, Keith A Vossel, Maria Carmela Tartaglia, Zachary A Miller, Sang Won Seo, Manu Sidhu, Stephanie E Gaus, Alissa L Nana, Jose Norberto S Vargas, Ji-Hye L Hwang, Rik Ossenkoppele, Alainna B Brown, Eric J Huang, Giovanni Coppola, Howard J Rosen, Daniel Geschwind, John Q Trojanowski, Lea T Grinberg, Joel H Kramer, Bruce L Miller, William W Seeley
Accurately predicting the underlying neuropathological diagnosis in patients with behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) poses a daunting challenge for clinicians but will be critical for the success of disease-modifying therapies. We sought to improve pathological prediction by exploring clinicopathological correlations in a large bvFTD cohort. Among 438 patients in whom bvFTD was either the top or an alternative possible clinical diagnosis, 117 had available autopsy data, including 98 with a primary pathological diagnosis of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), 15 with Alzheimer's disease, and four with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis who lacked neurodegenerative disease-related pathology outside of the motor system...
October 6, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872040/structural-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-frontotemporal-lobar-dementia
#3
Anne Bertrand, Sebastian Stroër, Isabelle Le Ber, Marc Teichmann, Didier Dormont
Frontotemporal lobar dementia (FTLD) is a heterogeneous group of neurodegenerative diseases. FTLD encompass: 1) behavioral forms, sometimes associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; 2) linguistic forms (semantic and non-fluent primary progressive aphasia); 3) atypical parkinsonian syndromes (progressive supranuclear palsy and corticobasal syndrome). Standard brain MRI allows for strengthening the clinical suspicion of FTLD, by showing a pattern of atrophy in relation with the patient's clinical symptoms: frontotemporal anterior atrophy in behavioral forms; temporopolar or inferior left frontal atrophy in the linguistic forms; mesencephalic or corticosubcortical hemispheric atrophy in forms with atypical pakinsonism...
September 1, 2017: Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745069/a-case-series-of-pls-patients-with-frontotemporal-dementia-and-overview-of-the-literature
#4
Bálint S de Vries, Laura M M Rustemeijer, Anneke J van der Kooi, Joost Raaphorst, Carin D Schröder, Tanja C W Nijboer, Jeroen Hendrikse, Jan H Veldink, Leonard H van den Berg, Michael A van Es
OBJECTIVE: Primary lateral sclerosis (PLS) is a rare form of motor neuron disease characterised by UMN degeneration leading to slowly progressive spasticity. Whether it is a separate disease or a subtype of ALS has been debated. In ALS comorbid frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is frequently seen (±15%). However, cognitive and behavioural changes are generally not considered to be a part of PLS. METHODS: To report the clinical findings and frequency of PLS patients that developed FTD in a referral-based cohort and provide an overview of the literature...
July 26, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710326/cortical-influences-drive-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#5
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Andrew Eisen, Heiko Braak, Kelly Del Tredici, Roger Lemon, Albert C Ludolph, Matthew C Kiernan
The early motor manifestations of sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), while rarely documented, reflect failure of adaptive complex motor skills. The development of these skills correlates with progressive evolution of a direct corticomotoneuronal system that is unique to primates and markedly enhanced in humans. The failure of this system in ALS may translate into the split hand presentation, gait disturbance, split leg syndrome and bulbar symptomatology related to vocalisation and breathing, and possibly diffuse fasciculation, characteristic of ALS...
November 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686708/drosophila-lines-with-mutant-and-wild-type-human-tdp-43-replacing-the-endogenous-gene-reveals-phosphorylation-and-ubiquitination-in-mutant-lines-in-the-absence-of-viability-or-lifespan-defects
#6
Jer-Cherng Chang, David B Morton
Mutations in TDP-43 are associated with proteinaceous inclusions in neurons and are believed to be causative in neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal dementia or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Here we describe a Drosophila system where we have engineered the genome to replace the endogenous TDP-43 orthologue with wild type or mutant human TDP-43(hTDP-43). In contrast to other models, these flies express both mutant and wild type hTDP-43 at similar levels to those of the endogenous gene and importantly, no age-related TDP-43 accumulation observed among all the transgenic fly lines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585542/loss-of-function-chchd10-mutations-in-cytoplasmic-tdp-43-accumulation-and-synaptic-integrity
#7
Jung-A A Woo, Tian Liu, Courtney Trotter, Cenxiao C Fang, Emillio De Narvaez, Patrick LePochat, Drew Maslar, Anusha Bukhari, Xingyu Zhao, Andrew Deonarine, Sandy D Westerheide, David E Kang
Although multiple CHCHD10 mutations are associated with the spectrum of familial and sporadic frontotemporal dementia-amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (FTD-ALS) diseases, neither the normal function of endogenous CHCHD10 nor its role in the pathological milieu (that is, TDP-43 pathology) of FTD/ALS have been investigated. In this study, we made a series of observations utilizing Caenorhabditis elegans models, mammalian cell lines, primary neurons and mouse brains, demonstrating that CHCHD10 normally exerts a protective role in mitochondrial and synaptic integrity as well as in the retention of nuclear TDP-43, whereas FTD/ALS-associated mutations (R15L and S59L) exhibit loss of function phenotypes in C...
June 6, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579383/clinical-and-biological-phenotypes-of-frontotemporal-dementia-perspectives-for-disease-modifying-therapies
#8
S Gazzina, M A Manes, A Padovani, B Borroni
Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) is a progressive neurodegenerative condition which encompasses a group of clinically, neuropathologically and genetically heterogeneous disorders characterized by selective involvement of the frontal and temporal lobes. FTD is characterized by changes in behaviour and personality, frontal executive deficits and language dysfunction. Different phenotypes have been defined on the basis of presenting clinical symptoms, behavioural variants of FTD (bvFTD) and primary progressive aphasia (PPA), which includes nonfluent/agrammatic variant PPA (avPPA) and semantic variant PPA (svPPA)...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562080/neuroimaging-patterns-along-the-als-ftd-spectrum-a-multiparametric-imaging-study
#9
Taha Omer, Eoin Finegan, Siobhan Hutchinson, Mark Doherty, Alice Vajda, Russell L McLaughlin, Niall Pender, Orla Hardiman, Peter Bede
Frontotemporal dementia is associated with considerable clinical, genetic and pathological heterogeneity. The objective of this study is to characterise the imaging signatures of the main FTD phenotypes along the ALS-FTD spectrum. A total of 100 participants underwent comprehensive multimodal neuroimaging, genetic testing and neuropsychological evaluation. Seven patients with behavioural variant FTD (bvFTD), 11 patients with non-fluent-variant primary progressive aphasia (nfvPPA), two patients with sematic-variant primary progressive aphasia(svPPA), 10 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and FTD carrying the C9orf72 hexanucleotide repeat (C9 + ALS-FTD), 10 patients with ALS-FTD without hexanucleotide repeats (C9-ALS-FTD), 20 ALS patients without behavioural or cognitive deficits (ALSnci) and 40 healthy controls (HC) were included in a prospective quantitative neuroimaging study...
May 31, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425061/gray-matter-and-white-matter-changes-in-non-demented-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-patients-with-or-without-cognitive-impairment-a-combined-voxel-based-morphometry-and-tract-based-spatial-statistics-whole-brain-analysis
#10
Foteini Christidi, Efstratios Karavasilis, Franz Riederer, Ioannis Zalonis, Panagiotis Ferentinos, Georgios Velonakis, Sophia Xirou, Michalis Rentzos, Georgios Argiropoulos, Vasiliki Zouvelou, Thomas Zambelis, Athanasios Athanasakos, Panagiotis Toulas, Konstantinos Vadikolias, Efstathios Efstathopoulos, Spyros Kollias, Nikolaos Karandreas, Nikolaos Kelekis, Ioannis Evdokimidis
The phenotypic heterogeneity in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) implies that patients show structural changes within but also beyond the motor cortex and corticospinal tract and furthermore outside the frontal lobes, even if frank dementia is not detected. The aim of the present study was to investigate both gray matter (GM) and white matter (WM) changes in non-demented amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients with or without cognitive impairment (ALS-motor and ALS-plus, respectively). Nineteen ALS-motor, 31 ALS-plus and 25 healthy controls (HC) underwent 3D-T1-weighted and 30-directional diffusion-weighted imaging on a 3 T MRI scanner...
April 19, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214109/a-novel-mutation-in-trem2-gene-causing-nasu-hakola-disease-and-review-of-the-literature
#11
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...
May 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999880/-pathomechanisms-and-clinical-aspects-of-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration
#12
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...
February 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776165/distinct-c9orf72-associated-dipeptide-repeat-structures-correlate-with-neuronal-toxicity
#13
Brittany N Flores, Mark E Dulchavsky, Amy Krans, Michael R Sawaya, Henry L Paulson, Peter K Todd, Sami J Barmada, Magdalena I Ivanova
Hexanucleotide repeat expansions in C9orf72 are the most common inherited cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). The expansions elicit toxicity in part through repeat-associated non-AUG (RAN) translation of the intronic (GGGGCC)n sequence into dipeptide repeat-containing proteins (DPRs). Little is known, however, about the structural characteristics and aggregation propensities of the dipeptide units comprising DPRs. To address this question, we synthesized dipeptide units corresponding to the three sense-strand RAN translation products, analyzed their structures by circular dichroism, electron microscopy and dye binding assays, and assessed their relative toxicity when applied to primary cortical neurons...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768524/c9orf72-plays-a-central-role-in-rab-gtpase-dependent-regulation-of-autophagy
#14
Christopher P Webster, Emma F Smith, Andrew J Grierson, Kurt J De Vos
A GGGGCC hexanucleotide repeat expansion in the first intron of the C9orf72 gene is the most common genetic defect associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) (C9ALS/FTD). Haploinsufficiency and a resulting loss of C9orf72 protein function has been suggested as a possible pathogenic mechanism in C9ALS/FTD. C9ALS/FTD patients exhibit specific ubiquitin and p62/sequestosome-1 positive but TDP-43 negative inclusions in the cerebellum and hippocampus, indicating possible autophagy deficits in these patients...
October 21, 2016: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27659605/rna-binding-proteins-implicated-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
#15
REVIEW
Mark R Cookson
Gene expression is regulated at many levels, including after generation of the primary RNA transcript from DNA but before translation into protein. Such post-translational gene regulation occurs via the action of a multitude of RNA binding proteins and include varied actions from splicing to regulation of association with the translational machinery. Primary evidence that such processes might contribute to disease mechanisms in neurodegenerative disorders comes from the observation of mutations in RNA binding proteins, particularly in diseases in the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-frontotemporal dementia spectrum and in some forms of ataxia and tremor...
January 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27556379/are-astrocytes-executive-cells-within-the-central-nervous-system
#16
REVIEW
Roberto E Sica, Roberto Caccuri, Cecilia Quarracino, Francisco Capani
Experimental evidence suggests that astrocytes play a crucial role in the physiology of the central nervous system (CNS) by modulating synaptic activity and plasticity. Based on what is currently known we postulate that astrocytes are fundamental, along with neurons, for the information processing that takes place within the CNS. On the other hand, experimental findings and human observations signal that some of the primary degenerative diseases of the CNS, like frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's dementia, Huntington's dementia, primary cerebellar ataxias and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, all of which affect the human species exclusively, may be due to astroglial dysfunction...
August 2016: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27543771/survival-in-the-pre-senile-dementia-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-with-tdp-43-proteinopathy-effects-of-genetic-demographic-and-neuropathological-variables
#17
R A Armstrong
Factors associated with survival were studied in 84 neuropathologically documented cases of the pre-senile dementia frontotemporal dementia lobar degeneration (FTLD) with transactive response (TAR) DNA-binding protein of 43 kDa (TDP-43) proteinopathy (FTLD-TDP). Kaplan-Meier survival analysis estimated mean survival as 7.9 years (range: 1-19 years, SD = 4.64). Familial and sporadic cases exhibited similar survival, including progranulin (GRN) gene mutation cases. No significant differences in survival were associated with sex, disease onset, Braak disease stage, or disease subtype, but higher survival was associated with lower post-mortem brain weight...
2016: Folia Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27488596/tdp-43-pathology-and-cognition-in-als-a-prospective-clinicopathologic-correlation-study
#18
Johannes Prudlo, Jochem König, Christina Schuster, Elisabeth Kasper, Andreas Büttner, Stefan Teipel, Manuela Neumann
OBJECTIVE: Although a systematic spread of pathologic TDP-43 expression throughout the CNS in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has been proposed, the relationship between cognition and the extent and neuroanatomic distribution of TDP-43 pathology has not received considerable attention. METHODS: We investigated the association between cognitive functioning and the extent of TDP-43 pathology in postmortem CNS tissue from 18 patients with ALS stratified into 3 groups based on detailed prospective neuropsychological testing (cognitively not impaired, n = 6; cognitively impaired, n = 6; ALS- frontotemporal dementia [FTD], n = 6) and analyzed these cases for clinicopathologic correlations...
September 6, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27450455/pathogenesis-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#19
REVIEW
Sarah Morgan, Richard W Orrell
INTRODUCTION: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or motor neuron disease is a rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disorder. The primary involvement is of motor neurons in the brain, spinal cord and peripherally. There is secondary weakness of muscles and primary involvement of other brain regions, especially involving cognition. SOURCES OF DATA: Peer-reviewed journal articles and reviews. PubMed.gov AREAS OF AGREEMENT: The pathogenesis of ALS remains largely unknown...
September 2016: British Medical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27334615/the-c9orf72-protein-interacts-with-rab1a-and-the-ulk1-complex-to-regulate-initiation-of-autophagy
#20
Christopher P Webster, Emma F Smith, Claudia S Bauer, Annekathrin Moller, Guillaume M Hautbergue, Laura Ferraiuolo, Monika A Myszczynska, Adrian Higginbottom, Matthew J Walsh, Alexander J Whitworth, Brian K Kaspar, Kathrin Meyer, Pamela J Shaw, Andrew J Grierson, Kurt J De Vos
A GGGGCC hexanucleotide repeat expansion in the C9orf72 gene is the most common genetic cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia (C9ALS/FTD). C9orf72 encodes two C9orf72 protein isoforms of unclear function. Reduced levels of C9orf72 expression have been reported in C9ALS/FTD patients, and although C9orf72 haploinsufficiency has been proposed to contribute to C9ALS/FTD, its significance is not yet clear. Here, we report that C9orf72 interacts with Rab1a and the Unc-51-like kinase 1 (ULK1) autophagy initiation complex...
August 1, 2016: EMBO Journal
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