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The histopathological hallmark of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the presence of fibrillar aggregates referred to as Lewy bodies (LBs), in which α-synuclein is a major constituent. Pale bodies, the precursors of LBs, may serve the material for that LBs continue to expand. LBs consist of a heterogeneous mixture of more than 90 molecules, including PD-linked(More)
To determine whether skin biopsy is practically useful in the premortem diagnosis for Parkinson's disease (PD), we examined Lewy pathology in the skin of the chest wall and leg, obtained from 6-mm punch biopsies, using phosphorylated alpha-synuclein antibody in 20 patients with clinically diagnosed PD. Abnormal accumulation of alpha-synuclein was found in(More)
Histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6) plays a crucial role in aggresome formation, resulting in the clearance of misfolded proteins. Previous studies have shown that HDAC6 is concentrated in Lewy bodies (LBs) in Parkinson's disease (PD) and dementia with LBs (DLB) (Cell 115: 727-738, 2003). We performed immunohistochemical and ultrastructural investigations on the(More)
Hippocampal sclerosis is defined as selective neuronal loss and gliosis of the hippocampus with heterogeneous etiologies, including neurodegenerative tauopathies. We report a 78-year-old woman who presented with depression, in whom postmortem examination revealed almost complete loss of neurons with gliosis in the subiculum and CA1-3 regions of the(More)
G protein-coupled receptor 26 (GPR26) is one of the G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which comprise the largest family of membrane proteins and mediate most of the physiological responses to hormones, neurotransmitters and environmental stimulants. Although GPCRs are considered to play an important role in the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative(More)
In Lewy body disease (LBD) such as dementia with LBs and Parkinson's disease, several lines of evidence show that disrupted proteolysis occurs. p62/SQSTM1 (p62) is highly involved with intracellular proteolysis and is a component of ubiquitin-positive inclusions in various neurodegenerative disorders. However, it is not clear whether p62 deficiency affects(More)
Recently, Nishihira et al. demonstrated the presence of two types of TDP-43 pathology in sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (Acta Neuropathol 2008; 116: 169-182). Type 1 represents the TDP-43 distribution pattern observed in classic ALS, whereas type 2 shows the presence of TDP-43 inclusions in the frontotemporal cortex, hippocampal formation,(More)
Isopentenyl diphosphate isomerase (IDI) is a cytoplasmic enzyme involved in the biosynthesis of isoprenoids including cholesterols. IDI has two isoforms in humans: IDI1 and IDI2. Since lipids are known to be a component of Lewy bodies (LBs), we investigated the immunohistochemical localization of IDI1 and IDI2 in the brain of patients with LB disease and(More)