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Front line of Neurodegenerative Diseases Research

Front line of Neurodegenerative Diseases Research

Vol. 7. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

This article was written by Dr. Seiji Watanabe and Dr. Koji Yamanaka, Department of Neuroscience and Pathobiology, Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Nagoya University.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by upper motor neuron degeneration in the motor area of the cerebral cortex as well as lower motor neuron d...

Front line of Neurodegenerative Diseases Research

Vol. 6. α-Synuclein in Parkinson's Disease

This article was written by Dr. Norihito Uemura, Department of Neurology, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University.

Parkinson's disease (PD) is pathologically characterized by dopaminergic neuronal loss in the substantia nigra pars compacta and formation of neuronal inclusion called Lewy body. The significance of t...

Front line of Neurodegenerative Diseases Research

Vol. 5. Overview of Parkinson's Disease

This article was written by Dr. Hodaka Yamakado, Department of Neurology, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease clinically characterized by Parkinson symptoms and pathologically characterized by Lewy bodies and dopaminergic neuronal death.

Front line of Neurodegenerative Diseases Research

Vol. 4. Molecular Imaging in Alzheimer's Disease

This article was written by Dr. Makoto Higuchi, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology.

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is neuropathologically characterized by the deposition of protein aggregates and progressive neuronal death in the brain. Pathological protein fibrils deposited in the brain o...

Front line of Neurodegenerative Diseases Research

Vol. 3. Amyloid β in Alzheimer's Disease

This article was written by Dr. Yukiko Hori and Dr. Taisuke Tomita, Laboratory of Neuropathology and Neuroscience, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo

A senile plaque, one of characteristic brain pathological features of Alzheimer's disease (AD), is the brain parenchymal accumulation of abnormally aggregating insoluble proteins forming amyloid fibri...

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