Reduced CA2-CA3 hippocampal subfield volume is related to depression and normalized by L-DOPA in newly diagnosed Parkinson's disease

Orsolya Györfi, Helga Nagy, Magdolna Bokor, Ahmed A. Moustafa, Ivana Rosenzweig, Oguz Kelemen, Szabolcs Kéri

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Abstract

Hippocampal dysfunctions may play an important role in the non-motor aspects of Parkinson's disease (PD), including depressive and cognitive symptoms. Fine structural alterations of the hippocampus and their relationship with symptoms and medication effects are unknown in newly diagnosed PD. We measured the volume of hippocampal subfields in 35 drug-naïve, newly diagnosed PD patients without cognitive impairment and 30 matched healthy control individuals. Assessments were performed when the patients did not receive medications and after a 24-week period of l-DOPA treatment. We obtained a T1-weighted 3D magnetization-prepared rapid acquisition gradient echo image at each assessment. FreeSurfer v6.0 was used for image analysis. Results revealed a selectively decreased CA2-CA3 volume in non-medicated PD patients, which was normalized after the 24-week treatment period. Higher depressive symptoms were associated with smaller CA2-CA3 volumes. These results indicate that the CA2-CA3 subfield is structurally affected in the earliest stage of PD in the absence of cognitive impairment. This structural anomaly, normalized by l-DOPA, is related to depressive non-motor symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number84
JournalFrontiers in Neurology
Volume8
Issue numberMAR
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 17 2017

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Hippocampus
  • L-DOPA
  • MRI
  • Parkinson's disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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