Papez circuit gray matter and episodic memory in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia

Bueno, Ana Paula Arantes, de Souza, Leonardo Cruz, Pinaya, Walter Hugo Lopez, Teixeira, Antônio Lúcio, de Prado, Laura Godoy Rousseff, Caramelli, Paulo, Hornberger, Michael and Sato, João Ricardo (2020) Papez circuit gray matter and episodic memory in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia. Brain Imaging and Behavior. ISSN 1931-7557

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Abstract

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia are two different diseases recognized to overlap at clinical, pathological and genetic characteristics. Both conditions are traditionally known for relative sparing of episodic memory. However, recent studies have disputed that with the report of patients presenting with marked episodic memory impairment. Besides that, structural and functional changes in temporal lobe regions responsible for episodic memory processing are often detected in neuroimaging studies of both conditions. In this study, we investigated the gray matter features associated with the Papez circuit in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia and healthy controls to further explore similarities and differences between the two conditions. Our non-demented amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients showed no episodic memory deficits measured by a short-term delayed recall test while no changes in gray matter of the Papez circuit were found. Compared with the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis group, the behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia group had lower performance on the short-term delayed recall test and marked atrophy in gray matter of the Papez circuit. Bilateral atrophy of entorhinal cortex and mammillary bodies distinguished behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients as well as atrophy in left cingulate, left hippocampus and right parahippocampal gyrus. Taken together, our results suggest that sub-regions of the Papez circuit could be differently affected in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia,episodic memory,papez circuit,radiology nuclear medicine and imaging,neurology,cognitive neuroscience,clinical neurology,cellular and molecular neuroscience,psychiatry and mental health,behavioral neuroscience ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2741
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2020 23:55
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2020 23:44
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/76471
DOI: 10.1007/s11682-020-00307-5

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