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Duodenal Biopsy May Aid Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis

The study covered in this summary was revealed on medRxiv.org as a preprint and has not but been peer reviewed.

Key Takeaways

  • In all examined sufferers with Parkinson’s disease (PD), immunohistochemistry evaluation of duodenal wall biopsy samples confirmed there was elevated immunoreactivity for aggregated alpha-Synuclein (αSyn) compared with controls.

  • Evaluation of enteric glial cells (EGC) confirmed elevated dimension and density in sufferers with PD in contrast with controls, suggesting reactive gliosis.  

Why This Matters

  • The examine confirmed that duodenal biopsy could also be a dependable instrument for characterizing Parkinson’s illness pathology within the GI tract and assist discern sufferers with PD from the overall inhabitants.

  • The examine really useful diagnostic analysis parameters for immunohistochemistry involving a mixture of a morphometric methodology (standardized for every laboratory) and detection of a single thread-like αSyn antibody immunoreactivity.

  • This examine addressed a data hole for human research investigating bidirectional pathological protein aggregates within the intestine–mind axis in Parkinson’s illness. 

  • The examine helped decide which antibody needs to be utilized in peripheral tissues to differentiate sufferers with PD from controls. Also, the examine helped to find out the exact mechanism for the way EGC contribute to PD pathogenesis.

Study Design

  • Eighteen sufferers with symptomatic superior Parkinson’s illness who underwent percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy and jejunal tube (PEG-J) had been in contrast with 18 age and sex-matched wholesome management individuals that underwent diagnostic endoscopy, every with 4 3-mm duodenal wall biopsy samples taken.

  • Immunohistochemistry was carried out to find out the density and dimension of αSyn-5G4+ aggregates and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP+) aggregates. 

  • Immunoreactive components involving αSyn-5G4 had been detected in duodenal specimens and had been categorised in response to morphological standards into 4 immunoreactivity teams (1 – Compact and globular, 2 – granular mobile, 3 – dot-like, 4 – threaded).

Key Results

  • The 18 enrolled sufferers had superior PD with a imply length of 11.3 years and required levodopa/carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) infusion.

  • Among the 4 morphological immunoreactivity teams, threaded immunoreactivities represented essentially the most dependable immunoreactivity sort to discern PD from wholesome controls. Regardless of morphology, immunoreactivity for aggregated αSyn was absent (4/14) or barely detectable (14/18) in controls, whereas all duodenal samples (18/18) from sufferers with PD had been characterised by immunoreactivity for aggregated αSyn.

  • Semi-automatic morphometric quantification for the burden of aggregated αSyn immunoreactivity confirmed vital larger immunoreactive tissue space in sufferers with PD in comparison with controls (PD: imply % space, 1.58 %; management group: imply % space, 0.18 %; P < .0001).

  • Immunofluorescent staining confirmed colocalization between αSyn-5G4 threaded immunoreactivities and β-III tubulin, a pan-neuronal and neuritic marker, which indicated that aggregated αSyn deposits localized in duodenal nerve fibers of the mucosa and submucosa.

  • Morphometric evaluation of glial cell density confirmed elevated EGC density (PD imply: 95.2 ±32.6; management imply: 45.8 ±14.9; P < .0001) and elevated EGC dimension (PD imply: 28.2 ±1.4 µm2; management imply: 25.1 ±1.2 µm2, P < .0001), suggesting native reactive gliosis.

  • Correlation evaluation between αSyn-5G4 immunoreactive space, EGC density and EGC cell dimension within the duodenum revealed a powerful correlation (Rs = 0.751, P < .0001 and Rs = 0.741, P < .0001, respectively).



Angelo Antonini, MD, PhD, has acquired compensation for consultancy and speaker associated actions from UCB, Boehringer Ingelheim, Ever Pharma, General Electric, Britannia, AbbVie, Kyowa Kirin, Zambon, Bial, Theravance, Biopharma, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Roche, Medscape, and receives analysis help from Bial, Lundbeck, Roche, and Angelini Pharmaceuticals. He serves as guide for Boehringer Ingelheim for authorized circumstances on pathological playing.  Gabor Kovacs, MD, PhD, has served as an advisor for Biogen and acquired royalty for 5G4 synuclein antibody and publishing royalties from Wiley, Cambridge University Press, and Elsevier.

This is a abstract of a preprint analysis examine, “Duodenal alpha-Synuclein pathology and enteric gliosis in advanced Parkinson’s Disease patients,” written by researchers on the University of Padova, Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, and the Parkinson and Movement Disorders Unit, Center for Rare Neurological Diseases, Padova, Italy on medRxiv, offered to you by Medscape. This examine has not but been peer reviewed. The full textual content of the examine might be discovered on medRxiv.org.

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