Amygdala pathology in Parkinson's disease

Heiko Braak, Eva Braak, Deniz Yilmazer, Rob A I de Vos, Ernst N H Jansen, Jürgen Bohl, Kurt Jellinger

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Abstract

The amygdala undergoes severe pathological changes during the course of Parkinson's disease (PD). Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites are distributed in a specific manner throughout the nuclear complex. The lesional pattern displays only minor interindividual variation. The most prominent changes occur in the accessory cortical and central nuclei. The cortical, accessory basal and granular nuclei show less severe alterations, while the basal and lateral nuclei, as well as the intercalated cell masses, generally remain uninvolved. The amygdala receives a broad range of afferents, allowing integration of exteroceptive information with interoceptive data. It generates major projections to the isocortex (the prefrontal cortex in particular), limbic system (hippocampus and entorhinal region) and centers regulating endocrine and autonomic functions. The specific lesional pattern seen in PD destroys part of the nuclear gray matter and its connections and, thus, may likely contribute to the development of behavioral changes and autonomic dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-500
Number of pages8
JournalActa Neuropathologica
Volume88
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Amygdala
Parkinson Disease
Pathology
Lewy Bodies
Limbic System
Neocortex
Neurites
Basal Ganglia
Prefrontal Cortex
Hippocampus
Basolateral Nuclear Complex
Gray Matter

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology

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Braak, H., Braak, E., Yilmazer, D., de Vos, R. A. I., Jansen, E. N. H., Bohl, J., & Jellinger, K. (1994). Amygdala pathology in Parkinson's disease. Acta Neuropathologica, 88(6), 493-500. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00296485

Amygdala pathology in Parkinson's disease. / Braak, Heiko; Braak, Eva; Yilmazer, Deniz; de Vos, Rob A I; Jansen, Ernst N H; Bohl, Jürgen; Jellinger, Kurt.

In: Acta Neuropathologica, Vol. 88, No. 6, 12.1994, p. 493-500.

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Braak, H, Braak, E, Yilmazer, D, de Vos, RAI, Jansen, ENH, Bohl, J & Jellinger, K 1994, 'Amygdala pathology in Parkinson's disease', Acta Neuropathologica, vol. 88, no. 6, pp. 493-500. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00296485
Braak H, Braak E, Yilmazer D, de Vos RAI, Jansen ENH, Bohl J et al. Amygdala pathology in Parkinson's disease. Acta Neuropathologica. 1994 Dec;88(6):493-500. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00296485
Braak, Heiko ; Braak, Eva ; Yilmazer, Deniz ; de Vos, Rob A I ; Jansen, Ernst N H ; Bohl, Jürgen ; Jellinger, Kurt. / Amygdala pathology in Parkinson's disease. In: Acta Neuropathologica. 1994 ; Vol. 88, No. 6. pp. 493-500.
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