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Systematic review of gene expression studies in people with Lewy Body Dementia

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Anisa Chowdhury, Anto P. Rajkumar

Original languageEnglish
JournalActa Neuropsychiatrica
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2020

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Objectives:Lewy body dementia (LBD) is the second most prevalent neurodegenerative dementia, and it causes more morbidity and mortality than Alzheimer's disease. Several genetic associations of LBD have been reported, and their functional implications remain uncertain. Hence, we aimed to do a systematic review of all gene expression studies that investigated people with LBD for improving our understanding of LBD molecular pathology and for facilitating discovery of novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets for LBD.Methods:We systematically reviewed five online databases (PROSPERO protocol: CRD42017080647) and assessed the functional implications of all reported differentially expressed genes (DEG) using Ingenuity Pathway Analyses.Results:We screened 3,809 articles and identified 31 eligible studies. 1,242 statistically significant (p<0.05) DEGs including 70 microRNAs have been reported in people with LBD. Expression levels of alternatively spliced transcripts of SNCA, SNCB, PRKN, APP, RELA, and ATXN2 significantly differ in LBD. Several mitochondrial genes and genes involved in ubiquitin proteasome system and autophagy lysosomal pathway were significantly downregulated in LBD. Evidence supporting chronic neuroinflammation in LBD was inconsistent. Our functional analyses highlighted the importance of RNA-mediated gene silencing, neuregulin signalling, and neurotrophic factors in the molecular pathology of LBD.Conclusions:α-synuclein aggregation, mitochondrial dysfunction, defects in molecular networks clearing misfolded proteins, and RNA-mediated gene silencing contribute to neurodegeneration in LBD. Larger longitudinal transcriptomic studies investigating biological fluids of people living with LBD are needed for molecular subtyping and staging of LBD. Diagnostic biomarker potential and therapeutic promise of identified DEGs warrant further research.

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