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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Neuropathological examination in Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) reveals neuronal loss in the gray matter (GM) nuclei and degeneration of the white matter (WM) tracts in the spinal cord, brainstem and cerebellum, while the cerebral hemispheres are substantially spared. Tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) enables an unbiased whole-brain(More)
OBJECTIVE To concurrently investigate with magnetic resonance (MR) the brain activation and regional brain atrophy in patients with Huntington disease (HD). METHODS Nine symptomatic HD patients and 11 healthy subjects underwent an MR study including functional MR acquisition during finger tapping of the right hand and high-resolution T1-weighted images.(More)
PURPOSE To investigate whether diffusion-weighted and magnetization transfer (MT) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging depict regional and/or global brain abnormalities in patients with Huntington disease (HD). MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty-one carriers of the HD mutation (mean age, 58 years +/- 11 [SD]) and 21 healthy control subjects (mean age, 54 years +/-(More)
Rebuilding brain structure and neural circuitries by transplantation of fetal tissue is a strategy to repair the damaged nervous system and is currently being investigated using striatal primordium in Huntington's disease (HD) patients. Four HD patients underwent bilateral transplantation with human fetal striatal tissues (9-12 week gestation). Small blocks(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Neurodegeneration in spinocerebellar ataxia type 1(SCA1) and 2(SCA2) is associated with white matter(WM) damage. Voxel-Based Morphometry(VBM), histogram analysis of mean diffusivity(MD) and Tract-Based Spatial Statistics(TBSS) enable an in vivo quantitative analysis of WM volume and structure. We assessed with these 3 techniques the(More)
Analysis of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps derived from diffusion-weighted MR imaging is emerging as a reproducible, sensitive, and quantitative tool to evaluate brain damage in diseases of the white and gray matter. To explore the potentials of ADC maps analysis in degenerative ataxias, we examined 28 patients and 26 age-matched controls(More)
Voxel-based morphometry (VBM) enables an unbiased in-vivo whole-brain quantitative analysis of differences in gray matter (GM), white matter (WM) and cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) volumes. We assessed with VBM 20 spinocerebellar ataxia Type 2 (SCA2) patients with mild or moderate cerebellar deficit and 20 age and sex-matched healthy controls. SCA2 patients(More)
AIMS Investigation of the leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) gene in late-onset Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients to screen for the G2019S mutation, which is common in Parkinson's cases. METHODS High-resolution melting analysis (HRMA) was used to screen a large sample of patients. The target sequence was amplified by standard PCR in the presence of an(More)
A common polymorphism (rs3851179) in the PICALM (phosphatidylinositol-binding clathrin assembly protein) gene has been recently associated with reduced risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (LOAD). We analyzed the genotype and allele distributions of the PICALM polymorphism in 813 Italian subjects, including LOAD patients and centenarians. The(More)
PURPOSE To investigate in vivo severity and topographic distribution of brain white matter (WM) fiber bundle atrophy in patients with Friedreich ataxia, a condition characterized by an uneven involvement of brain WM, and to correlate such findings with the clinical status of the patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study was conducted with institutional(More)