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Motor fluctuations

Jacob Taylor, William S Anderson, Jason Brandt, Zoltan Mari, Gregory M Pontone
Although Parkinson disease (PD) is defined clinically by its motor symptoms, it is increasingly recognized that much of the disability and worsened quality of life experienced by patients with PD is attributable to psychiatric symptoms. The authors describe a model of multidisciplinary care that enables these symptoms to be effectively managed. They describe neuropsychiatric complications of PD itself and pharmacologic and neurostimulation treatments for parkinsonian motor symptoms and discuss the management of these complications...
September 3, 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Xiaojuan Dan, Chaodong Wang, Jinglin Zhang, Zhuqin Gu, Yongtao Zhou, Jinghong Ma, Piu Chan
INTRODUCTION: Prediction of depression in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) remains challenging. We investigated whether the common susceptible genetic variants for PD are associated with the risk and improves prediction of development of depression in PD (dPD). METHODS: 1134 individuals with a primary diagnosis of PD were recruited. Demographic information, Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), and 17-item Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAMD) were obtained...
September 29, 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
A A Timofeeva, I I Belozertseva
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic progressive neurodegenerative disease that restricts activities of daily living. The prevalence of PD and inevitable disability show the importance of medical/social expertise (MSE) in the system of care for PD patients. Currently, the MSE is based on the Hoehn and Yahr scale that indicates the prevalence of disease but does not evaluate the severity of symptoms. To assess restrictions of activities of daily living, one should consider non-motor symptoms of PD, movement fluctuations and dyskinesia, the efficacy and tolerability of pharmacological treatment, the use of invasive treatment methods (deep brain stimulation, intrajejunal introduction of duodopa)...
2016: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
Chiara Sarappa, Elena Salvatore, Alessandro Filla, Sirio Cocozza, Cinzia Valeria Russo, Francesco Saccà, Arturo Brunetti, Giuseppe De Michele, Mario Quarantelli
The fractional Amplitude of Low Frequency Fluctuations (fALFF) and the degree of local synchronization (Regional Homogeneity - ReHo) of resting-state BOLD signal have been suggested to map spontaneous neuronal activity and local functional connectivity, respectively. We compared voxelwise, independent of atrophy, the fALFF and ReHo patterns of 11 presymptomatic (ps-HD) and 28 symptomatic (sHD) Huntington's disease mutation carriers, with those of 40 normal volunteers, and tested their possible correlations with the motor and cognitive subscores of the Unified Huntington's Disease Rating Scale...
October 12, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Michael M Lipp, Richard Batycky, Jerome Moore, Mika Leinonen, Martin I Freed
Inhaled drugs offer advantages, such as rapid onset of action, but require formulations and delivery systems that reproducibly and conveniently administer the drug. CVT-301 is a powder formulation of levodopa delivered by a breath-actuated inhaler that has been developed for treating OFF episodes (motor fluctuations between doses of standard oral levodopa) in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). We present preclinical, phase 1, and phase 2 results for CVT-301. In dogs insufflated with a levodopa powder, plasma levodopa peaked in all animals 2...
October 12, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
K Rosqvist, P Hagell, P Odin, H Ekström, S Iwarsson, M H Nilsson
OBJECTIVES: To identify factors associated with life satisfaction (LS) in people with Parkinson's disease (PD), including a specific focus on those with late-stage PD. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 251 persons with PD (median age 70 years; PD duration 8 years). Analyses involved the total sample and a subsample with late-stage PD, that is Hoehn and Yahr stages IV and V (n=62). LS was assessed with item 1 of the Life Satisfaction Questionnaire (LiSat-11)...
October 10, 2016: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
O A Gan'kina, E E Vasenina, O S Levin, E Yu Fedotova, S N Illarioshkin
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disease. Literature sources indicate the association of PD and mutations in the glucocerebrosidase A (GBA) gene. According to our study, the frequency of the two most common mutations in the GBA gene, N370S and L444P, is 1.85%. Mutation carriers have slower progression of motor symptoms, but are more likely to develop drug-induced motor fluctuations and dyskinesia. In carriers of GBA mutations, the severity of cognitive impairment corresponds to age-matched patients without mutations...
2016: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
Ryosuke Tomio, Takenori Akiyama, Masahiro Toda, Takayuki Ohira, Kazunari Yoshida
OBJECTIVE Transcranial motor evoked potential (tMEP) monitoring is popular in neurosurgery; however, the accuracy of tMEP can be impaired by craniotomy. Each craniotomy procedure and changes in the CSF levels affects the current spread. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of several craniotomies on tMEP monitoring by using C3-4 transcranial electrical stimulation (TES). METHODS The authors used the finite element method to visualize the electric field in the brain, which was generated by TES, using realistic 3D head models developed from T1-weighted MR images...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
Anna-Antonia Pape, Markus Siegel
Our actions are constantly guided by decisions based on sensory information. The motor cortex is traditionally viewed as the final output stage in this process, merely executing motor responses based on these decisions. However, it is not clear if, beyond this role, the motor cortex itself impacts response selection. Here, we report activity fluctuations over motor cortex measured using MEG, which are unrelated to choice content and predict responses to a visuomotor task seconds before decisions are made. These fluctuations are strongly influenced by the previous trial's response and predict a tendency to switch between response alternatives for consecutive decisions...
October 7, 2016: Nature Communications
Ulf Jonsson, Iman Alaie, Anna Löfgren Wilteus, Eric Zander, Peter B Marschik, David Coghill, Sven Bölte
BACKGROUND: An individual's subjective perception of well-being is increasingly recognized as an essential complement to clinical symptomatology and functional impairment in children's mental health. Measurement of quality of life (QoL) has the potential to give due weight to the child's perspective. SCOPE AND METHODOLOGY: Our aim was to critically review the current evidence on how childhood mental disorders affect QoL. First, the major challenges in this research field are outlined...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
Jean-Jacques Temprado, Solveig Vieluf, Rita Sleimen-Malkoun
We investigated age-related differences in motor behavior under different task contexts of isometric force control. The tasks involved rapid force production and force maintenance, either separately or in combination. For the combined context, we used Fitts-like tasks, in which we scaled either the force level (D manipulation, i.e., manipulation of the amplitude of the force to be produced) or the tolerance range (W manipulation, i.e., manipulation of the target width in which force is allowed to fluctuate)...
September 30, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
Nóra Török, Zsófia Majláth, Levente Szalárdy, László Vécsei
The therapeutic management of Parkinson's disease (PD) is challenging and has not been fully resolved. The main challenges include motor fluctuations and levodopa-induced dyskinesia. Moreover, no disease-modifying or neuroprotective therapy is currently available. Areas covered: This review focuses on α-synuclein aggregation inhibitors and their therapeutic role in PD, with special attention to heat shock proteins, immunotherapy (active and passive), the potential of targeting the Ser129 phosphorylation site, and the antibiotic possibilities...
October 8, 2016: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
Akira Saito, Ryosuke Ando, Hiroshi Akima
Afferent inputs from Ia fibers in muscle spindles are essential for the control of force and prolonged vibration has been applied to muscle-tendon units to manipulate the synaptic input from Ia afferents onto α-motor neurons. The vastus intermedius (VI) reportedly provides the highest contribution to the low-level knee extension torque among the individual synergists of quadriceps femoris (QF). The purpose of the present study was to examine the effect of prolonged vibration to the VI on force steadiness of the QF...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Zhen Ye, Pingping Chen, Wenjun Bu
This study investigated the influences of geographic isolation and climate fluctuation on the genetic diversity, speciation, and biogeography of the genus Pseudovelia (Hemiptera: Veliidae) in subtropical China and tropic Indo-China Peninsula. Species nucleotide and haplotype diversities decreased with reduction in species distribution limits. The gene tree was congruent with the taxonomy of monophyly, except for four species, P. contorta, P. extensa, P. tibialis tibialis, and P. vittiformis. The conflicts between the genes and species tree could be due to long-term isolation and incomplete lineage sorting...
2016: Scientific Reports
Kangdi Zhu, Jacobus J van Hilten, Johan Marinus
INTRODUCTION: Insomnia is a debilitating symptom in Parkinson's disease (PD) that has been scarcely investigated in a longitudinal design. Knowledge of factors associated with occurrence of insomnia may provide clues for an increased understanding of underlying pathophysiology and facilitate early detection. The objective of this study is to examine the course and factors associated with longitudinal changes in insomnia severity in patients with PD. METHODS: Analyses were performed in data of the SCOPA-PROPARK cohort, a 5-year longitudinal cohort study (2003-2011) of 421 PD patients who have been examined annually...
September 9, 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
Lorenzo Marcucci, Takumi Washio, Toshio Yanagida
Muscle contractions are generated by cyclical interactions of myosin heads with actin filaments to form the actomyosin complex. To simulate actomyosin complex stable states, mathematical models usually define an energy landscape with a corresponding number of wells. The jumps between these wells are defined through rate constants. Almost all previous models assign these wells an infinite sharpness by imposing a relatively simple expression for the detailed balance, i.e., the ratio of the rate constants depends exponentially on the sole myosin elastic energy...
September 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
Duncan G G McMillan, Rikiya Watanabe, Hiroshi Ueno, Gregory M Cook, Hiroyuki Noji
F1Fo ATP synthases are bidirectional molecular motors that translocate protons across the cell membrane by either synthesizing or hydrolyzing ATP. Alkaliphile ATP synthases are highly adapted, performing oxidative phosphorylation at high pH against an inverted pH gradient (acidin/alkalineout). Unlike mesophilic ATP synthases, alkaliphilic enzymes have tightly regulated ATP hydrolysis activity that can be relieved in the presence of LDAO. Here, we characterized the rotary dynamics of the Caldalkalibacillus thermarum TA2...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Sara G Lutz, Jeffrey D Holmes, Emily A Ready, Mary E Jenkins, Andrew M Johnson
Up to 40% of all individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) are estimated to experience anxiety that interferes with daily functioning. This article describes research regarding the presentation of anxiety in PD and the influence anxiety has on participation in this population. A scoping review identified 1,635 articles, of which 49 met the inclusion criteria. This review identified that anxiety in PD is often associated with a range of clinical correlates related to demographic and clinical characteristics (age, gender, disease stage, duration, progression), motor symptoms (tremor, bradykinesia, dystonia, freezing of gait, symptom severity), treatment-related complications (on/off fluctuations, on with dyskinesia, unpredictable off), and non-motor symptoms (sleep abnormalities, fatigue, cognitive impairment, depression)...
July 2016: OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health
Dominic Kraus, Alireza Gharabaghi
Motor maps acquired with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) are evolving as a biomarker for monitoring disease progression or the effects of therapeutic interventions. High test-retest reliability of this technique for long observation periods is therefore required to differentiate daily or weekly fluctuations from stable plastic reorganization of corticospinal connectivity. In this study, a novel projection, interpolation, and coregistration technique, which considers the individual gyral anatomy, was applied in healthy subjects for biweekly acquired TMS motor maps over a period of twelve weeks...
2016: Neural Plasticity
Natalie J Forde, Ahmad S Kanaan, Joanna Widomska, Shanmukha S Padmanabhuni, Ester Nespoli, John Alexander, Juan I Rodriguez Arranz, Siyan Fan, Rayan Houssari, Muhammad S Nawaz, Francesca Rizzo, Luca Pagliaroli, Nuno R Zilhäo, Tamas Aranyi, Csaba Barta, Tobias M Boeckers, Dorret I Boomsma, Wim R Buisman, Jan K Buitelaar, Danielle Cath, Andrea Dietrich, Nicole Driessen, Petros Drineas, Michelle Dunlap, Sarah Gerasch, Jeffrey Glennon, Bastian Hengerer, Odile A van den Heuvel, Cathrine Jespersgaard, Harald E Möller, Kirsten R Müller-Vahl, Thaïra J C Openneer, Geert Poelmans, Petra J W Pouwels, Jeremiah M Scharf, Hreinn Stefansson, Zeynep Tümer, Dick J Veltman, Ysbrand D van der Werf, Pieter J Hoekstra, Andrea Ludolph, Peristera Paschou
Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome (GTS) is characterized by the presence of multiple motor and phonic tics with a fluctuating course of intensity, frequency, and severity. Up to 90% of patients with GTS present with comorbid conditions, most commonly attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), thus providing an excellent model for the exploration of shared etiology across disorders. TS-EUROTRAIN (FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN, Grant Agr.No. 316978) is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (http://ts-eurotrain...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
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