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Multimodal neuroimaging analysis in patients with SYNE1 Ataxia

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Gama, Maria T. D. [1, 2] ; Piccinin, Camila C. [3, 4] ; Rezende, Thiago J. R. [3, 4] ; Dion, Patrick A. [5] ; Rouleau, Guy A. [5] ; Franca Junior, Marcondes C. [3, 4] ; Barsottini, Orlando G. P. [1, 2] ; Pedroso, Jose Luiz [1, 2]
Total Authors: 8
[1] Univ Fed Sao Paulo, Dept Neurol, Ataxia Unit, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Sao Paulo, Dept Neurol, Div Gen Neurol, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[3] Univ Estadual Campinas, Dept Neurol, Campinas, SP - Brazil
[4] Univ Estadual Campinas, Neuroimaging Lab, Campinas, SP - Brazil
[5] Montreal Neurol Inst, Dept Neurol & Neurosurg, Montreal, PQ - Canada
Total Affiliations: 5
Document type: Journal article
Source: JOURNAL OF THE NEUROLOGICAL SCIENCES; v. 390, p. 227-230, JUL 15 2018.
Web of Science Citations: 2

Background: The gene SYNE1 is highly expressed in the cerebellum and its dysfunction is related to an autosomal recessive ataxia (SYNE1-ataxia). The disease was firstly considered a pure cerebellar ataxia however, recent studies have described a broader clinical presentation, including motor neuron disease symptoms. Objectives: To investigate cerebellar and potential extra-cerebellar changes in SYNE1-ataxia using multimodal neuroimaging analyses. Methods: Six patients completed clinical and imaging exams, and were compared to age-gender-matched healthy controls. Gray matter was analyzed using FreeSurfer and CERES for brain and cerebellum, respectively. White matter was analyzed with DTI-TBSS while we used SpineSeg for spinal cord analysis. Results: We found significantly reduced cortical thickness (p < 0.05, FDR-corrected) in primary and association cortices, and volume reduction in subcortical structures, brainstem and cerebellum. White matter was found disrupted in both brain and cerebellum (p < 0.05, FWE-corrected). These results are consistent with the expression of the SYNE1 mRNA and its encoded protein in the brain. We failed to demonstrate spinal cord changes. Conclusions: SYNE/-ataxia is, therefore, a relatively common cause of recessive ataxia characterized by complex multisystemic neurostructural changes consistent with the phenotypic heterogeneity and neuroimaging configures a potential marker of the disease. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/07559-3 - BRAINN - The Brazilian Institute of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology
Grantee:Fernando Cendes
Support type: Research Grants - Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers - RIDC