Journal of Neural Transmission

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List of Papers (Total 239)

The serotonergic system in Parkinson’s patients with dyskinesia: evidence from imaging studies

The purpose of review is to review the current status of positron emission tomography (PET) molecular imaging of serotonergic system in Parkinson’s patients who experience levodopa-induced (LIDs) and graft-induced dyskinesias (GIDs). PET imaging studies have shown that Parkinson’s disease is characterized by progressive loss of dopaminergic and serotonergic neurons. Parkinson’s ...

Risky decision-making and affective features of impulse control disorders in Parkinson’s disease

Impulse control disorders (ICDs) in Parkinson’s disease (PD) are considered dopaminergic treatment side effects. Cognitive and affective factors may increase the risk of ICD in PD. The aim is to investigate risky decision-making and associated cognitive processes in PD patients with ICDs within a four-stage conceptual framework. Relationship between ICDs and affective factors was ...

Tremor in multiple sclerosis is associated with cerebello-thalamic pathology

Tremor in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) is a frequent and debilitating symptom with a relatively poorly understood pathophysiology. To determine the relationship between clinical tremor severity and structural magnetic resonance imaging parameters. Eleven patients with clinically definite MS and right-sided upper limb tremor were studied. Tremor severity was assessed using ...

Evidence-based treatment of neurogenic orthostatic hypotension and related symptoms

Neurogenic orthostatic hypotension, postprandial hypotension and exercise-induced hypotension are common features of cardiovascular autonomic failure. Despite the serious impact on patient’s quality of life, evidence-based guidelines for non-pharmacological and pharmacological management are lacking at present. Here, we provide a systematic review of the literature on therapeutic ...

Is nigrostriatal dopaminergic deficit necessary for Holmes tremor to develop? The DaTSCAN and IBZM SPECT study

Holmes’s tremor (HT) is assumed to be the result of coexistence of nigrostriatal dopaminergic system impairment and the lesion of cerebello-thalamic pathways. It was suggested that dopaminergic deficiency is responsible for rest tremor, and lack of compensatory cerebellar function leads to spill of tremor into voluntary movements. Cases of HT with and without abnormalities of the ...

Cerebrospinal fluid monoamine metabolite profiles in bipolar disorder, ADHD, and controls

Alterations in monoaminergic signaling are suggested as key aspects of the pathophysiology in bipolar disorder and ADHD, but it is not known if the monoamine metabolic profile differs between these disorders. One method to study monoaminergic systems in humans is to measure monoamine end-point metabolite concentrations in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Here, we analyzed CSF monoamine ...

Innate immunity in Alzheimer’s disease: the relevance of animal models?

The mouse is one of the organisms most widely used as an animal model in biomedical research, due to the particular ease with which it can be handled and reproduced in laboratory. As a member of the mammalian class, mice share with humans many features regarding metabolic pathways, cell morphology and anatomy. However, important biological differences between mice and humans exist ...

Holocranohistochemistry enables the visualization of α-synuclein expression in the murine olfactory system and discovery of its systemic anti-microbial effects

Braak and Del Tredici have proposed that typical Parkinson disease (PD) has its origins in the olfactory bulb and gastrointestinal tract. However, the role of the olfactory system has insufficiently been explored in the pathogeneses of PD and Alzheimer disease (AD) in laboratory models. Here, we demonstrate applications of a new method to process mouse heads for microscopy by ...

Magnetic resonance imaging for the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease

The differential diagnosis of parkinsonian syndromes is considered one of the most challenging in neurology and error rates in the clinical diagnosis can be high even at specialized centres. Despite several limitations, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has undoubtedly enhanced the diagnostic accuracy in the differential diagnosis of neurodegenerative parkinsonism over the last ...

Classification of advanced stages of Parkinson’s disease: translation into stratified treatments

Advanced stages of Parkinson’s disease (advPD) still impose a challenge in terms of classification and related stage-adapted treatment recommendations. Previous concepts that define advPD by certain milestones of motor disability apparently fall short in addressing the increasingly recognized complexity of motor and non-motor symptoms and do not allow to account for the clinical ...

The role of nonhuman primate models in the development of cell-based therapies for Parkinson’s disease

Through the course of over three decades, nonhuman primate (NHP) studies on cell-based therapies (CBTs) for Parkinson’s disease (PD) have provided insight into the feasibility, safety and efficacy of the approach, methods of cell collection and preparation, cell viability, as well as potential brain targets. Today, NHP research continues to be a vital source of information for ...

Quantitative neuropathology: an update on automated methodologies and implications for large scale cohorts

A tissue microarray (TMA) has previously been developed for use in assessment of neurodegenerative diseases. We investigated the variation of pathology loads in semi-quantitative score categories and how pathology load related to disease progression. Post-mortem tissue from 146 cases were used; Alzheimer’s disease (AD) (n = 36), Lewy body disease (LBD) (n = 56), mixed AD/dementia ...

Differential diagnosis between patients with probable Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease dementia, or dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia, behavioral variant, using quantitative electroencephalographic features

The objective of this work was to develop and evaluate a classifier for differentiating probable Alzheimer’s disease (AD) from Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD) or dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and from frontotemporal dementia, behavioral variant (bvFTD) based on quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG). We compared 25 QEEG features in 61 dementia patients (20 patients with ...

Psychomotor effect differences between l-methamphetamine and d-methamphetamine are independent of murine plasma and brain pharmacokinetics profiles

l-Methamphetamine has been occasionally referred to as a stimulant similar to d-methamphetamine, probably owing to insufficient comparative studies. Here, we directly compared psychomotor efficacies and pharmacokinetics of methamphetamine enantiomers in mice. Only d-methamphetamine, but not l-methamphetamine, induced stereotypy and sensitization at 1–10 mg/kg. However, plasma ...

Further characterization of the GlyT-1 inhibitor Org25935: anti-alcohol, neurobehavioral, and gene expression effects

The glycine transporter-1 inhibitor Org25935 is a promising candidate in a treatment concept for alcohol use disorder targeting the glycine system. Org25935 inhibits ethanol-induced dopamine elevation in brain reward regions and reduces ethanol intake in Wistar rats. This study aimed to further characterise the compound and used ethanol consumption, behavioral measures, and gene ...

Long-term treatment of Parkinson’s disease with levodopa and other adjunctive drugs

We report a long-term treatment of Parkinson’s disease in out-patient clinics. The patients with Parkinson’s disease were evaluated at the time of clinic visit from September 1st, 2015 to February 29th, 2016. Total number of the patients was 498. The age at the evaluation was 69.9 ± 9.3 years and the age of onset was 60.2 ± 11.3. Hoehn and Yahr severity was 3.28 ± 0.94 in patients ...

Personality as an intermediate phenotype for genetic dissection of alcohol use disorder

Genetic and environmental interactive influences on predisposition to develop alcohol use disorder (AUD) account for the high heterogeneity among AUD patients and make research on the risk and resiliency factors complicated. Several attempts have been made to identify the genetic basis of AUD; however, only few genetic polymorphisms have consistently been associated with AUD. ...

Structural brain imaging correlates of ASD and ADHD across the lifespan: a hypothesis-generating review on developmental ASD–ADHD subtypes

We hypothesize that it is plausible that biologically distinct developmental ASD–ADHD subtypes are present, each characterized by a distinct time of onset of symptoms, progression and combination of symptoms. The aim of the present narrative review was to explore if structural brain imaging studies may shed light on key brain areas that are linked to both ASD and ADHD symptoms and ...