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- Magnetic resonance imaging study in older fragile X premutation male carriers
- Loesch, Danuta Z.; Litewka, Lucas; Brotchie, Peter; Huggins, Richard M.; Tassone, Flora; Cook, Mark
- Some carriers of a 'premutation' allele of the FMR1 gene develop late-onset tremor/ataxia. We conducted a magnetic resonance imaging volumetric study in an unselected sample of eight older male premutation carriers. Volumetric measures, including total brain volume, and the volumes of cerebrum, cerebellum, and cerebral cortex all were significantly reduced in premutation carriers compared with similar data from 21 age-matched normal controls. Total brain and cerebral volumes were significantly related to the number of CGG repeats in the FMR1 gene. Moreover, increased hippocampal volume indicates this premutation may account for both neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental changes.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Life and Social Sciences. Brain Sciences Institute
- Annals of Neurology, Vol. 58, no. 2 (Aug 2005), pp. 326-330
- Publication year
- Ataxia; Brain; Cerebral cortex; Cerebellum; FMR1 gene; Fragile X syndrome; FXTAS; Gene mutation; Hippocampus; Magnetic resonance imaging; MRI; RNA; Tremors
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © 2005 American Neurological Association.
- Peer reviewed