Idiopathic REM sleep behavior disorder in the development of Parkinson's disease

Department of Neurology and Center for Sleep Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA. Electronic address: .
The Lancet Neurology (Impact Factor: 21.9). 04/2013; 12(5). DOI: 10.1016/S1474-4422(13)70054-1
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Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder associated with Lewy body disease pathology in central and peripheral nervous system structures. Although the cause of Parkinson's disease is not fully understood, clinicopathological analyses have led to the development of a staging system for Lewy body disease-associated pathological changes. This system posits a predictable topography of progression of Lewy body disease in the CNS, beginning in olfactory structures and the medulla, then progressing rostrally from the medulla to the pons, then to midbrain and substantia nigra, limbic structures, and neocortical structures. If this topography and temporal evolution of Lewy body disease does occur, other manifestations of the disease as a result of degeneration of olfactory and pontomedullary structures could theoretically begin many years before the development of prominent nigral degeneration and the associated parkinsonian features of Parkinson's disease. One such manifestation of prodromal Parkinson's disease is rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behaviour disorder, which is a parasomnia manifested by vivid dreams associated with dream enactment behaviour during REM sleep. Findings from animal and human studies have suggested that lesions or dysfunction in REM sleep and motor control circuitry in the pontomedullary structures cause REM sleep behaviour disorder phenomenology, and degeneration of these structures might explain the presence of REM sleep behaviour disorder years or decades before the onset of parkinsonism in people who develop Parkinson's disease.

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    • "Several non-motor features including REM sleep behavioral disorder, olfactory dysfunction, depression, and bowel dysfunction often precede the classic motor features of PD, sometimes by many years. REM sleep behavior disorder in particular is associated with a higher risk for development of subsequent parkinsonism and dementia [26]. Depression, personality traits, and reduced interest in new experiences have been associated with early PD, and olfactory dysfunction is present in over 90% of patients. "
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    ABSTRACT: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive motor disturbances and affects more than 1% of the worldwide population. Despite considerable progress in understanding PD pathophysiology, including genetic and biochemical causes, diagnostic approaches lack accuracy and interventions are restricted to symptomatic treatments. PD is a complex syndrome with different clinical subtypes and a wide variability in disorder course. In order to deliver better clinical management of PD patients and discovery of novel therapies, there is an urgent need to find sensitive, specific, and reliable biomarkers. The development of biomarkers will not only help the scientific community to identify populations at risk, but also facilitate clinical diagnosis. Furthermore, these tools could monitor progression, which could ultimately deliver personalized therapeutic strategies. The field of biomarker discovery in PD has attracted significant attention and there have been numerous contributions in recent years. Although none of the parameters have been validated for clinical practice, some candidates hold promise. This review summarizes recent advances in the development of PD biomarkers and discusses new strategies for their utilization.
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    • "RBD is frequently associated with other sleep disorders (Schenck et al., 1997; Mahowald and Schenck, 2011) including narcolepsy and sleepwalking. It is well known that RBD is frequently encountered in a category of neurodegenerative diseases called -synucleinopathies (Boeve et al., 2001), including Parkinson disease (PD) (Comella et al., 1998; Adler et al., 2011; Boeve, 2013 ), dementia with Lewy bodies (LBD) (Boeve et al., 1998) and multiple system atrophy (MSA) (Plazzi et al., 1997; Tachibana et al., 1997). Moreover, a number of neurologic conditions involving the brainstem, such as cerebrovascular disease, tumors, and demyelinating lesions, may result in RBD (Kimura et al., 2000Schenck et al., 1996). "
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    ABSTRACT: Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder (RBD) can occur in the absence of any other obvious associated neurologic disorder or in association with a neurodegenerative disease, in which case it is considered as symptomatic RBD. RBD is frequently associated with Parkinson's disease (PD), Lewy body dementia or multiple system atrophy (MSA), and in several cases may even antedate the occurrence of motor symptoms by decades. When no neurologic disorder is obvious, RBD can be considered as idiopathic (iRBD). Several studies have looked at neurophysiologic and neuropsychological functions in iRBD and have found evidence of CNS dysfunction during both wakefulness and sleep in a variable proportion of these patients, challenging the concept of iRBD. Identifying subjects with a high risk of developing a neurodegenerative process may be crucial in order to develop early intervention strategies. Some prospective results in iRBD showed that potential markers of neurodegeneration are the following: 1) marked EEG slowing on spectral analysis; 2) decreased striatal 123I-FPCIT; 3) impaired color vision.
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    • "For instance, the proposed circuitry underlying RBD [70] [71] [157] is not yet confirmed. "
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