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A specific mutation (A53T) in the encoding region for alpha-synuclein has been identified in a large multigenerational family with an autosomal dominant parkinsonism known as the Contursi kindred. In this study, we used a monoclonal antibody directed against alpha-synuclein in order to identify novel proteins in the brain of an affected member of this(More)
The substantia nigra and globus pallidus (two iron-rich brain areas) receive a substantial innervation from the neostriatum, a considerable amount of which is GABAergic. Because of this anatomic relationship and the finding that prevention of GABA degradation in these two areas decreases their histochemical levels of iron, GABAergic transmission/metabolism(More)
Alpha-synuclein has recently been shown to be a major constituent of Lewy bodies in Parkinson's disease (PD). This observation led us to investigate the possibility that its detection in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) could be used as a marker for Lewy bodies in the central nervous system. In this study we determined the pattern of expression of(More)
OBJECT Hydrocephalus is the most common complication of tubercular meningitis (TBM). Relieving hydrocephalus by ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt placement has been considered beneficial in patients in Palur Grade II or III. The role of VP shunt placement in those of Grade IV is controversial and the general tendency is to avoid its use. Some authors have(More)
Colloid cysts are common cysts are often located in the anterior third ventricle and septum pellucidum location is extremely rare. Cysts in septum pellucidum can be missed at surgery because of their unusual location. We describe three patients with colloid cysts in the septum pellucidum, with two in the cavum septum pellucidum. Various surgical(More)
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