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Acta Neuropathol. 1998 May;95(5):479-82.

Hereditary dentatorubral-pallidoluysian atrophy: ubiquitinated filamentous inclusions in the cerebellar dentate nucleus neurons.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Brain Research Institute, Niigata University, Japan.

Abstract

We examined the cerebellar dentate nucleus (CDN) in 16 patients with hereditary dentatorubral-pallidoluysian atrophy (DRPLA), one of the neurodegenerative diseases caused by expansion of a CAG repeat encoding a polyglutamine tract in the disease protein. In all patients, some CDN neurons were found to contain ubiquitinated filamentous inclusions in their cytoplasm. On hematoxylin and eosin preparations, these filamentous inclusions were eosinophilic, basophilic or amphophilic, and were often found in areas of pale cytoplasm. Electron microscopy revealed that they consisted of bundles of filaments that were somewhat thicker than neurofilaments. These features of the present inclusions were indistinguishable from those of skein-like inclusions (SLI) previously described in the lower motor neurons in sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. We conclude that SLI can also occur in the CDN in DRPLA and believe that they reflect a characteristic pathological process in this disease.

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