Scientific article

Familial frontotemporal dementia with ubiquitin inclusion bodies and without motor neuron disease

Published inActa neuropathologica, vol. 100, no. 4, p. 421-426
Publication date2000

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is the second most common degenerative dementia after Alzheimer's disease and its Lewy body variant. Clinical pathology can be subdivided in three main neuropathological subtypes: frontal lobe dementia, Pick's disease and FTD with motor neuron disease (MND), all characterised by distinct histological features. Until recently the presence of ubiquitin-positive intraneuronal inclusions in the dentate gyrus, and the temporal and frontal cortex was usually associated with the MND type. Such inclusions were also observed in a few sporadic cases of FTD without or with parkinsonism (FTDP) in the absence of MND. We present here clinical, neuropathological and immunohistochemical data about a Swiss FTD family with FTDP-like features but without MND. Spongiosis and mild gliosis were observed in the grey matter. No neurofibrillary tangles, Pick bodies, Lewy bodies, senile plaques or prion-positive signals were present. However, ubiquitin-positive intracytoplasmic inclusions were detected in various structures but predominantly in the dentate gyrus. These observations support the existence of a familial form of FTDP with ubiquitin-positive intracytoplasmic inclusions (Swiss FTDP family).

  • Aged
  • Dementia/genetics/pathology
  • Dentate Gyrus/pathology
  • Female
  • Genes, Dominant
  • Gliosis/pathology
  • Humans
  • Inclusion Bodies/chemistry
  • Male
  • Motor Neurons/pathology
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins/analysis
  • Pedigree
  • Switzerland
  • Syndrome
  • Ubiquitins/analysis
Citation (ISO format)
KOVARI, Eniko Veronika et al. Familial frontotemporal dementia with ubiquitin inclusion bodies and without motor neuron disease. In: Acta neuropathologica, 2000, vol. 100, n° 4, p. 421–426.
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