Mario Ezquerra

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Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) offer an unprecedented opportunity to model human disease in relevant cell types, but it is unclear whether they could successfully model age-related diseases such as Parkinson's disease (PD). Here, we generated iPSC lines from seven patients with idiopathic PD (ID-PD), four patients with familial PD associated to the(More)
BACKGROUND Several pathogenic mutations in the LRRK2 gene have been implicated in familial and sporadic cases of Parkinson disease (PD). The R1441G mutation is frequent in Spanish patients of Basque ethnicity with PD, and the G2019S mutation is a common mutation found in several populations worldwide. OBJECTIVES To determine the frequency of the LRRK2(More)
The clinical, neuroradiological, neuropathological and biochemical findings in four patients with primary progressive aphasia and tauopathy are described. The aphasic syndrome preceded by several years the appearance of other symptoms in every case. Asymmetrical apraxia with alien hand phenomenon occurred in one case. Frontotemporal symptoms occurred in(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD)-pathology may play a role in Parkinson's disease (PD)-related dementia (PDD). The aim of this study was to assess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels of tau, phospho-tau, and beta-amyloid, proposed AD biomarkers, and their relationship with cognitive function in PD. Forty PD patients [20 nondemented (PDND); 20 PDD] and 30 controls(More)
An intronic polymorphism and other changes in the transcribed region of the tau gene forming a haplotype have been previously described associated to progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). These results raised the possibility that a change at or near the tau gene could be responsible for an increased risk to develop PSP. We initiated the present work in(More)
BACKGROUND The neuropathology associated with LRRK2 mutations is heterogeneous but Lewy body (LB) type pathology is the most common substrate encountered. While the prevalence of LRRK2 mutations has been extensively studied in Parkinson's disease (PD), limited information is available on the frequency of LRRK2 mutations in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)(More)
A significant association between the tau gene A0/A0 genotype and progressive supranuclear palsy has been reported recently. To determine if the presence of a tau polymorphism could constitute a risk factor for the development of sporadic and familial Parkinson's disease, a dinucleotide repeat marker at intron 11 was genotyped in 152 patients with PD, 52(More)
Blood-cell-free circulating micro-RNAs (miRNAs) have been proposed as potential accessible biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease (PD). Here we analyzed the serum levels of 377 miRNAs in a discovery set of 10 idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD) patients, 10 PD patients carriers of the LRRK2 G2019S mutation (LRRK2 PD), and 10(More)
Mutations in the PARK2 gene are associated with an autosomal recessive form of juvenile parkinsonism (AR-JP). These mutations affect parkin solubility and impair its E3 ligase activity, leading to a toxic accumulation of proteins within susceptible neurons that results in a slow but progressive neuronal degeneration and cell death. Here, we report that(More)
Two different H1 sub-haplotypes at chromosome 17q21, H1C and H1E'A, have been associated with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and cortical basal degeneration (CBD). We analyzed the SNPs included in the H1C and H1E'A haplotypes in a large Spanish PSP/CBD series and their interaction with age at onset (AAO). Survival analysis of rs1880753 marker was(More)