Figure 1. Examples of upward saccades and fixation abnormalities. Plots of eye position vs time are presented for 3 successive upward saccades to 10° targets for the following individuals: a normal control, which shows intervals for subsequent saccade measurements, including latency, velocity (slope of eye position vs time), and first and end gains (A); a subject with clinical corticobasal degeneration syndrome (CBDS) with a frontotemporal lobar degeneration–TAR DNA-binding protein 43 pathology (B); a subject with clinical CBDS with CBD pathology (C); a subject with the behavioral variant of clinical frontotemporal dementia with Pick disease pathology (D); a subject with clinical progressive supranuclear palsy syndrome (PSPS) with PSP pathology (E); and a subject with clinical Alzheimer disease (AD) with AD pathology (F). Examples of fixation abnormalities in horizontal eye position vs time traces are presented for the following individuals: the same subject with CBDS (C) who had macrosaccadic oscillations (G) and a subject with PSPS with PSP pathology (H).
Figure 2. Saccade performance of subjects with autopsy-confirmed frontotemporal dementia (FTD) subtypes and Alzheimer disease (AD). The saccade parameters of latency (A), velocity (B), and gain (C) are expressed as mean (SEM) values, with * P < .01 or † P < .05 for comparison with normal controls (NC) and subjects with frontotemporal lobar degeneration associated with insoluble deposits of the TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP). The saccade parameter of antisaccade performance (D) is also expressed as mean (SEM) values, with * P < .01 or † P < .05 for comparison with NC. The error bars indicate SEM. CBD indicates subjects with corticobasal degeneration; Pick/FTDP-17, subjects with Pick disease or with FTD and parkinsonism linked to chromosome 17; and PSP, subjects with progressive supranuclear palsy.
Figure 3. Correlation between dorsal midbrain volume and vertical saccade velocity. A, The dorsal midbrain region is correlated with vertical saccade velocity from voxel-based morphometric analysis of 77 subjects with frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD; 25 subjects with autopsy-confirmed FTLD and 52 subjects with clinically diagnosed FTLD [displayed at P < .05, familywise error–corrected]). The scale bar indicates t values for the analysis. B, A plot of brain volumes at the peak midbrain voxel with vertical saccade velocity is shown for all subjects with FTLD (the subjects with an autopsy-confirmed diagnosis are indicated by filled symbols). C, The brain volumes of the subjects with autopsy-confirmed FTLD are compared with those of normal controls (NC) at the same voxel as in the plot of brain volumes (B). P values were determined from an analysis of variance, using Tukey post hoc statistics. CBD indicates subjects with corticobasal degeneration; Pick/FTDP-17, subjects with Pick disease or with frontotemporal dementia and parkinsonism linked to chromosome 17; PSP, subjects with progressive supranuclear palsy; and TDP, subjects with FTLD associated with insoluble deposits of the TAR DNA-binding protein 43.
Boxer AL, Garbutt S, Seeley WW, et al. Saccade abnormalities in autopsy-confirmed frontotemporal lobar degeneration and Alzheimer disease. Arch Neurol. 2012;69(4):509-517.
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eTable 2. FTLD Patient characteristics at time of oculomotor evaluation
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Boxer AL, Garbutt S, Seeley WW, Jafari A, Heuer HW, Mirsky J, Hellmuth J, Trojanowski JQ, Huang E, DeArmond S, Neuhaus J, Miller BL. Saccade Abnormalities in Autopsy-Confirmed Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration and Alzheimer Disease. Arch Neurol. 2012;69(4):509-517. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2011.1021
Author Affiliations: Memory and Aging Center, Department of Neurology (Drs Boxer, Garbutt, Seeley, Heuer, Hellmuth, and Miller, Ms Jafari, and Mr Mirsky), Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience, Department of Physiology (Drs Garbutt and Heuer), Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (Drs Huang and DeArmond), and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Dr Neuhaus), University of California, San Francisco; and Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Dr Trojanowski).
Background Deficits in the generation and control of saccades have been described in clinically defined frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and Alzheimer disease (AD).
Objective To determine the saccade abnormalities associated with autopsy-defined cases of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) and of AD, because clinical FTD syndromes can correspond to a number of different underlying neuropathologic FTD and non-FTD diagnoses.
Design An infrared eye tracker was used to record visually guided saccades to 10° targets and antisaccades in subjects with autopsy-confirmed FTD and subjects with autopsy-confirmed AD, a mean (SE) of 35.6 (10.0) months prior to death, and age-matched normal controls. Twelve subjects with FTD had an FTLD–TAR DNA-binding protein 43 pathology, 15 had an FTLD-tau pathology, and 1 subject showed an FTLD–fused in sarcoma protein pathology. Receiver operating curve statistics were used to determine the diagnostic value of the oculomotor variables. Neuroanatomical correlates of oculomotor abnormalities were investigated using voxel-based morphometry.
Setting Memory and Aging Center, Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco.
Participants A total of 28 subjects with autopsy-confirmed FTD, 10 subjects with autopsy-confirmed AD, and 27 age-matched normal controls.
Results All subjects with FTD or AD were impaired relative to normal controls on the antisaccade task. However, only FTLD-tau and AD cases displayed reflexive visually guided saccade abnormalities. The AD cases displayed prominent increases in horizontal saccade latency that differentiated them from the FTD cases. Impairments in velocity and gain were most severe in individuals with progressive supranuclear palsy but were also present in other tauopathies. By using vertical and horizontal saccade velocity and gain as our measures, we were able to differentiate patients with progressive supranuclear palsy from other patients. Vertical saccade velocity was strongly correlated with dorsal midbrain volume.
Conclusion Decreased visually guided saccade velocity and gain are suggestive of underlying tau pathology in FTD, with vertical saccade abnormalities most diagnostic of progressive supranuclear palsy.
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) describes a group of common neurodegenerative dementias that includes 3 core syndromes, behavioral variant FTD (bvFTD), semantic dementia, and a progressive nonfluent aphasia.1 Patients with these core FTD syndromes often develop features of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (FTD-ALS),2 corticobasal degeneration syndrome (CBDS), and progressive supranuclear palsy syndrome (PSPS, also know as Richardson syndrome3),4,5 with individual patients initially meeting clinical criteria for one syndrome but subsequently developing symptoms and signs of one or more additional syndromes.6 Consistent with this overlap in clinical phenomenology, at autopsy, the same pathological diagnosis may be associated with a variety of clinical syndromes during life.7,8
From a molecular perspective, 2 FTD neuropathologic subtypes predominate: those associated with insoluble deposits of tau protein (frontotemporal lobar degeneration with tau pathology [hereafter referred to as FTLD-tau]) and those associated with insoluble deposits of the TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43; hereafter referred to as FTLD-TDP).9,10 A third, less common pathology related to deposition of the fused in sarcoma protein (FUS) is identified in most remaining cases (hereafter referred to as FTLD-FUS).11 Certain clinical syndromes strongly associate with a single molecular pathology, whereas others may be associated with one or more pathologies. For example, semantic dementia and FTD-ALS usually predict FTLD-TDP pathology at autopsy, whereas progressive nonfluent aphasia and PSPS most often reflect FTLD-tau pathology.12
Despite our improved understanding of the molecular underpinnings of FTD, there are currently no effective treatments.13 New agents that specifically target tau have begun to enter human clinical trials, increasing the importance of early accurate prediction of underlying pathology in patients with FTD syndromes. Abnormalities in the control of eye movements are frequently observed in FTD and are useful diagnostically in differentiating clinical FTD syndromes from each other as well as from Alzheimer disease (AD).14- 16 We previously found that, although most clinical FTD syndromes were impaired in the voluntary control of saccades and smooth pursuit eye movements, clinical syndromes with predicted FTLD-tau pathology, including PSPS and CBDS, displayed relatively specific and severe abnormalities in visually guided (reflexive) saccades.16 We reasoned that such saccade abnormalities might be useful diagnostically in identifying FTD cases with underlying tau pathology during life. However, because clinical CBDS often corresponds to other non–FTLD-tau pathology diagnoses, including AD, at autopsy,4 and PSP pathology is found in a variety of clinical syndromes, including individuals who present with bvFTD or with CBDS,17- 19 the utility of using saccade measurements to identify FTLD-tau pathology would need to be evaluated in FTD cases with autopsy-confirmed diagnoses. Therefore, the goals of our study were to (1) determine the saccade abnormalities associated with autopsy-confirmed FTD as compared with AD and (2) determine the ability of saccade abnormalities to differentiate FTLD-tau from FTLD-TDP and AD during life.
We use the acronym FTD to refer to the following clinically defined syndromes: semantic dementia, CBDS, progressive nonfluent aphasia, PSPS, and bvFTD. We use the acronym FTLD to refer to the following neuropathologically defined syndromes: FTLD-tau pathology, FTLD-TDP pathology, and FTLD-FUS pathology, and to the following diagnoses: CBD, Pick disease, and PSP.20 Subjects with AD met the National Institute on Aging–Reagan Institute criteria for high likelihood AD.21
All subjects with autopsy-confirmed FTD or with autopsy-confirmed AD as of December 2010 (n = 38) from a larger series of clinically diagnosed patients with FTD reported previously16 and 27 age-matched normal controls were enrolled. All subjects were evaluated at the University of California, San Francisco, and gave informed consent to participate in the experimental procedures. An additional group of 50 clinically diagnosed subjects with FTD were used for the neuroimaging analysis only (eTable 1). All aspects of our study were approved by the institutional review board of the University of California, San Francisco.
Subjects underwent clinical evaluations and magnetic resonance imaging within 3 months of an eye movement evaluation and were categorized as having AD, semantic dementia, PSPS, CBDS, or bvFTD or as normal controls. At the time of assessment, all subjects with FTD met the criteria of Neary et al1 for semantic dementia, progressive nonfluent aphasia, or bvFTD; the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke–Society for PSP criteria for probable PSP22; or the criteria for CBDS4 as described in Garbutt et al.16 Normal controls had normal neurological and neuropsychological examinations and had clinical dementia rating (CDR) scores of 0.23 Subjects with AD met the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Diseases and Stroke–Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders Association probable criteria.24
For group analyses, subjects with FTLD were subdivided by underlying neuropathology into 1 of 4 groups: (1) FTLD-TDP pathology (type 1, 2, or 3; n = 12); (2) PSP (n = 8); (3) CBD (n = 4); (4) Pick disease (n = 2) or FTD and parkinsonism linked to chromosome 17 (FTDP-17; n = 1); and (5) AD (n = 10). The subjects with Pick disease and those with an FTDP-17 pathology were combined on the basis of having similar saccade abnormalities. One subject had a diagnosis of FTLD-FUS pathology (eTable 2) and was excluded from the group analyses but used in the neuroimaging and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analyses.
Autopsies were performed at the University of California, San Francisco, or at the University of Pennsylvania, according to standard protocols.25
Two-dimensional movements of the right eye were measured using the Fourward Technologies Generation 6.1 Dual Purkinje Image Eye Tracker as described previously.16 Targets were 0.1° bright spots presented on a large analog oscilloscope at a viewing distance of 80 cm.
Reflexive, visually guided (prosaccade) trials consisted of randomly interleaved 5° and 10° targets presented up, down, left, or right of a central fixation point. Each trial began with illumination of a central fixation spot for 1000 milliseconds. When the fixation light was extinguished, targets appeared either immediately (overlap condition) or after a 200-millisecond gap (gap condition). The eccentric target remained illuminated for 1000 milliseconds. A blank screen interval of 1000 milliseconds occurred between trials. At least 7 responses were recorded for each stimulus in each direction. Only the 10°-overlap data were analyzed.
Antisaccade trials began with illumination of the central fixation point for 1000 milliseconds. After a 200-millisecond gap, targets appeared 10° to the right or left and remained illuminated for 1000 milliseconds. Subjects were given instructions to “look away from the target that appears on the side at the corresponding spot on the other side of the fixation point, and if you make a mistake try to correct yourself.” Responses to at least 18 antisaccade trials were recorded in each direction.
Saccade latencies were computed as the duration from the appearance of an eccentric target to the onset of the first eye movement (Figure 1A). First gains were computed as the difference in eye position between fixation and the end of the first movement. End gains were computed as the difference in eye position between fixation and the final eye position for the trial. Antisaccade responses were considered to be correct if the first eye movement after target onset had an amplitude greater than 3° and was in the opposite direction from the target.
Magnetic resonance imaging scans were obtained on a 1.5-T Magnetom VISION system (Siemens) as described in a previous report.26 Three-dimensional T1-weighted scans (magnetization-prepared rapid-acquisition gradient echo) were used for analyses. Voxel-based morphometric images were preprocessed and statistically analyzed with the SPM5 software package (http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm), using standard procedures as described previously.15 We used an analysis of covariance, controlling for total intracranial volume, age, and sex, to investigate the brain structure correlates of saccade abnormalities in the subjects with autopsy-confirmed FTLD plus an additional 50 subjects with clinically diagnosed FTLD (eTable 2). At the voxel level, a statistical threshold of P < .05, corrected for multiple comparisons (familywise error), was used.
We used χ2 analysis or analysis of variance, along with Tukey or Sidak post hoc statistics, for comparisons of demographic, neuropsychological, and eye movement measures among the neuropathologically diagnosed groups. For the analyses of oculomotor findings, we controlled for differences in disease severity at the time of assessment by including the CDR Sum of Boxes (CDR-SB) score as a covariate in the analyses of variance. The diagnostic value of oculomotor findings was analyzed using ROC curve statistics. To control for differences in disease severity, in ROC analyses, we used the residual values from linear regressions of CDR-SB scores and the oculomotor values of interest. Significance was accepted at the P < .05 level. Analyses were performed using SPSS version 17.0 (SPSS Inc).
When grouped by pathologic diagnosis, patient groups were comparable in age, sex, disease duration, and time to autopsy. Autopsies showed that 15 subjects with FTD had FTLD-tau pathology, 12 had FTLD-TDP pathology, and 1 patient had FTLD-FUS pathology; the clinical research diagnoses at the time of oculomotor assessment are shown in Table 1. All groups except the PSP group were impaired relative to normal controls with regard to the Mini-Mental State Examination score. The subjects in the CBD and Pick disease/FTDP-17 groups were more impaired than the subjects in the FTLD-TDP and PSP groups (P < .05, determined by use of analysis of variance with Tukey post hoc statistics). The CDR27 and CDR-SB scores were higher in the CBD, PSP, and Pick disease groups than in the FTLD-TDP group (P < .05).
Examples of 10° upward saccades (Figure 1) demonstrate the differences in vertical saccade performance among the pathologic groups. Subjects with FTLD-TDP and 3 of 4 subjects with CBD displayed visually guided saccades that were indistinguishable from those of normal controls (Figure 1A and B). In contrast, the fourth subject with CBD, who presented with classic CBDS, showed abnormalities that included increased latency, decreased velocity, and decreased gain, as well as occasional macrosaccadic oscillations (Figure 1C and H). One of the subjects with Pick disease displayed decreased saccade velocity and gain (Figure 1D) compared with the more severely decreased saccade velocity and gain seen in a subject with PSP (Figure 1E). The subjects with PSP also exhibited occasional square-wave jerks (Figure 1G).
Both horizontal (F6,59 = 3.90; P = .003; Figure 2A) and vertical saccade latency (F6,59 = 6.59; P < .001) differed among groups. All group comparisons controlled for disease severity at the time of oculomotor assessment (Table 1) by including the CDR-SB score as a covariate. Post hoc tests revealed that subjects with AD had increased horizontal saccade latencies relative to subjects with FTLD-TDP pathology (P = .007) and subjects with PSP (P = .04). Vertical saccade latencies were increased in both subjects with AD and subjects with PSP compared with normal controls and subjects with FTLD-TDP pathology (P ≤ .05).
Horizontal saccade velocity differed among groups (F6,59 = 8.26; P < .001). Subjects with PSP had decreased horizontal velocity relative to normal controls and relative to subjects with FTLD-TDP pathology, CBD, or AD (P < .05). Subjects with Pick disease or FTDP-17 pathology also had lower horizontal velocities than did normal controls and subjects with FTLD-TDP or AD (P < .05; Figure 2B). Similarly, the group difference seen for vertical velocity (F6,59 = 16.7; P < .001) was due to slower saccades in the subjects with PSP compared with normal controls and subjects with FTLD-TDP pathology, CBD, or AD (P < .01).
Subjects with PSP also showed decreased horizontal first gains compared with all other subjects (P ≤ .03; Figure 2C), but there was not a significant difference in end gain among groups (F6,59 = 0.716; P = .64) for horizontal trials, which indicates that subjects with PSP could attain the 10° target position through a series of smaller saccadic movements. For vertical eye movements, both first and end gains differed significantly among groups (F6,59 = 22.4 and F6,59 = 13.9, respectively; P < .001). Again, post hoc test results revealed that patients in the PSP group had decreased vertical gains compared with all other subject groups (P ≤ .001).
Performance on the antisaccade task also revealed differences among groups (F6,55 = 9.47; P < .001; Figure 2D). The antisaccade task involves suppression of a visually guided saccade and generation of a voluntary saccade in the opposite direction. Post hoc test results showed that the FTLD-TDP, Pick disease/FTDP-17, PSP, and AD groups all had significantly lower percentages of correct antisaccade trials than did normal controls (P < .03), with a trend (P = .07) toward worse performance in the CBD group as well. As a measure of the ability to self-correct antisaccade errors, the total (correct and self-corrected errors) antisaccade score also differed among groups (F6,55 = 7.09; P < .001), with the FTLD-TDP, Pick disease/FTDP-17, PSP, and AD groups performing worse than normal controls (P < .02).
Saccade parameters differed among groups, which indicates that abnormalities could be diagnostically useful. Receiver operating curve statistics were used to determine the diagnostic value of saccade abnormalities in differentiating patients with autopsy-confirmed FTLD from patients with autopsy-confirmed AD patients (n = 38). Horizontal saccade latency, but not other measures, differentiated AD from all FTLD cases (area under the curve, 0.807; P = .01). A variety of saccade parameters differentiated subjects with PSP from all other patients, with vertical saccade velocity and both vertical and horizontal first gains being most effective (P < .001; Table 2). When all subjects with FTLD-tau pathology were combined, horizontal saccade velocity and first gain were best (P < .01) able to differentiate this group (n = 15) from the non–tau FTLD and AD cases (n = 22).
We investigated the neuroanatomical correlates of the saccade parameters that best differentiated the FTD groups using voxel-based morphometry. At the whole-brain level, vertical saccade velocity was correlated with brain volume in the dorsal midbrain white matter in the vicinity of the rostral interstitial nucleus of the medial longitudinal fasciculus (riMLF; coordinates x, y, z, respectively, in Montreal Neurological Institute standard brain: 2, −18, −4; P = .03, familywise error–corrected; Figure 3A). No other brain regions were correlated with vertical saccade velocity, even when we used a lower statistical threshold (P < .10, corrected), nor were any other oculomotor variables that differentiated the groups correlated with brain volume. The slowest vertical saccades and the lowest volumes were in the subjects with PSP and in the subject with Pick disease (Figure 3B). In the riMLF region, subjects with PSP had smaller brain volumes than did normal controls and subjects with FTLD-TDP pathology (P < .001; Figure 3C). In the vicinity of the riMLF, subjects with CBD also showed atrophy compared with normal controls (P = .001) and subjects with FTLD-TDP pathology (P = .03).
We investigated the saccade abnormalities found in cases of autopsy-confirmed FTD and in cases of autopsy-confirmed AD, and we found distinctive abnormalities in FTLD cases with underlying tau pathology and in AD cases. Although all subjects with FTD or AD were impaired in their ability to inhibit visually guided saccades on the antisaccade task, the reflexive, visually guided saccades of the subjects with FTLD-TDP pathology were indistinguishable from those of normal controls. Subjects with PSP had the most severe visually guided saccade abnormalities, with greater involvement of vertical rather than horizontal saccades. These abnormalities included elevated latency, decreased velocity, and decreased gains. Unexpectedly, other cases of FTLD-tau pathology, including one subject with Pick disease and another with FTDP-17, also had similar saccade abnormalities, although, in these cases, the abnormalities were more prominent in the horizontal rather than vertical plane. In contrast, the subjects in the AD group displayed increased saccade latencies compared with the subjects in the other groups. Consistent with these findings, using visually guided saccade velocity and gain as our measures, we found that we were able to differentiate subjects with PSP from all other patients and to differentiate subjects with FTLD-tau pathology from subjects with a non–FTLD-tau pathology, whereas, using horizontal saccade latency as our measure, we were able to differentiate subjects with AD from subjects with FTLD, all at a mean of more than 2.5 years prior to death. The parameter best able to differentiate subjects with PSP from all other subjects, vertical saccade velocity, was also strongly correlated with dorsal midbrain volume in the vicinity of the riMLF, and cases with FTLD-tau pathology were atrophied relative to normal controls and cases with FTLD-TDP pathology in this region. This suggests a potential neuroanatomical basis for the differences that we measured in visually guided saccades (ie, damage to the brainstem oculomotor network is more severe in FTLD-tau than in FTLD-TDP).
These findings extend our previous work that suggested that visually guided saccades are normal in patients with underlying FTLD-TDP pathology,16 particularly in individuals with semantic dementia who often display enhanced visual talent.28 Moreover, similar to previous reports based on clinically diagnosed patients that included PSP,29,30 the subjects with autopsy-confirmed PSP in our study had the most severe vertical saccade impairments. Although clinically diagnosed CBDS has previously been associated with severe alterations in saccade latency and gain,31 we found that only 1 of the 4 subjects with autopsy-confirmed CBD had visually guided saccade abnormalities. These results are similar to a recent clinicopathologic CBD series that noted oculomotor findings in only approximately 20% of subjects, mainly late in the course of disease.32 We found that the subjects with AD displayed prominent increases in saccade latency. Because CBDS is known to be pathologically heterogeneous, with some clinically defined series containing a large percentage of subjects with pathologic AD,4,33 we suggest that previous descriptions of increased latency in CBDS may have largely reflected cases with underlying AD pathology.16,31 In the present study, the subject with CBD with abnormal visually guided saccades also experienced macrosaccadic oscillations (Figure 1F), a finding not previously described in CBDS or CBD. Although we did not quantify these fixation abnormalities, such findings might also help to identify FTD cases with underlying tau pathology.
Supranuclear gaze palsy and variably decreased saccade velocity have been reported in autopsy-confirmed ALS34,35 and clinically diagnosed FTD-ALS36; however, we found no evidence of decreased saccade velocity in the 6 subjects with pathologically confirmed FTLD-ALS studied herein. Because saccade abnormalities in ALS have been closely associated with bulbar-onset cases,37 the lack of such abnormalities in our subjects may reflect the fact that none of our FTLD-ALS cases had bulbar-onset disease.
The visually guided saccade abnormalities that we observed in our subjects with PSP are similar to those described in a previous case of autopsy-confirmed PSP,38 as well as in other clinical PSP series.29,30 The present study extends these observations to a series of subjects with autopsy-confirmed PSP who presented with PSPS. Previous studies39- 41 have inferred that damage to the riMLF and related structures explained vertical saccade impairments in PSP based on experiments with monkeys coupled with human postmortem data in individuals with vertical saccade palsy or PSP. We provide direct experimental support for models implicating damage to the riMLF and nearby structures as the cause of vertical saccade slowing in PSP, through the strong correlation between saccade velocity and dorsal midbrain volume that we quantified (Figure 3), and its severe atrophy in living subjects with PSP at the time they experienced slowed saccades. As we have demonstrated in previous studies,16,28,42 the increased saccade latency in AD is likely related to the prominent involvement of the dorsal parietal lobe in these cases.
We found that, by using saccade gain and velocity as our measures, we were able to differentiate PSP cases from other FTD syndromes (Table 2). These saccade abnormalities constitute the supranuclear gaze palsy observed at the bedside in patients with PSP, and thus our findings are consistent with previous studies19,43 that determined that gaze palsy is an effective criterion for differentiating PSP from other neurodegenerative diseases. Because PSP can present with a frontal lobe dementia,17 the measurement of saccade velocity and gain may be useful diagnostically in identifying cases of clinical FTD with underlying PSP or other tau pathology.
Correspondence: Adam L. Boxer, MD, PhD, Memory and Aging Center, Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco, PO Box 1207, San Francisco, CA 94143-1207 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Accepted for Publication: June 29, 2011.
Author Contributions:Study concept and design: Boxer and Neuhaus. Acquisition of data: Boxer, Garbutt, Seeley, Jafari, Hellmuth, and DeArmond. Analysis and interpretation of data: Boxer, Seeley, Jafari, Heuer, Mirsky, Hellmuth, Trojanowski, Huang, Neuhaus, and Miller. Drafting of the manuscript: Boxer, Garbutt, Mirsky, Trojanowski, and Neuhaus. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Boxer, Seeley, Jafari, Heuer, Hellmuth, Huang, DeArmond, Neuhaus, and Miller. Statistical analysis: Boxer, Jafari, Mirsky, and Neuhaus. Obtained funding: Boxer and Seeley. Administrative, technical, and material support: Boxer, Garbutt, Seeley, Jafari, Hellmuth, and Trojanowski. Study supervision: Boxer and Miller.
Financial Disclosure: Dr Boxer has been a consultant for Accera, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Genentech, Medivation, and TauRx. He has received research funding from Allon Therapeutics, Avid, Elan, Forest, Genentech, Janssen, Medivation, and Pfizer. He is funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants R01AG038791 (principal investigator) and R01AG031278 (principal investigator), the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, CurePSP, the Hellman Family Foundation, and the Tau Research Consortium. Dr Seeley has received research support from the NIH (grants R01AG033017 [principal investigator] and P50AG023501 [coinvestigator]), the James S. McDonnell Foundation, and the Consortium for Frontotemporal Dementia Research. Dr Trojanowski has received funding for travel and honoraria from Takeda; has received speaker honoraria from Pfizer; serves as associate editor of Alzheimer's & Dementia ; may accrue revenue on patents regarding modified avidin-biotin technique, method of stabilizing microtubules to treat AD, method of detecting abnormally phosphorylated tau, method of screening for AD or disease associated with the accumulation of paired helical filaments, compositions and methods for producing and using homogeneous neuronal cell transplants, rat comprising straight filaments in its brain, compositions and methods for producing and using homogeneous neuronal cell transplants to treat neurodegenerative disorders and brain and spinal cord injuries, diagnostic methods for AD by detection of multiple messenger RNAs, methods and compositions for determining lipid peroxidation levels in oxidant stress syndromes and diseases, compositions and methods for producing and using homogenous neuronal cell transplants, method of identifying, diagnosing, and treating α-synuclein–positive neurodegenerative disorders, mutation-specific functional impairments in distinct tau isoforms of hereditary FTD and parkinsonism linked to chromosome 17: genotype predicts phenotype, microtubule-stabilizing therapies for neurodegenerative disorders, and treatment for AD and related diseases with an antibody; and receives support from the NIH (National Institute on Aging grants P01AG09215-20 [principal investigator], P30AG10124-18 [principal investigator], P01AG17586-10 [Project 4 Leader], 1P01AG19724-07 [Core C Leader], 1AG024904-05 [co–principal investigator, Biomarker Core Laboratory], U01AG029213-01 [coinvestigator], and P30AG036468 [principal investigator]; National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke grant P50NS053488-02 [principal investigator]; and grants RC2NS069368 and RC1AG035427 [principal investigator]) and the Marian S. Ware Alzheimer Program. Dr Miller serves on a scientific advisory board for the Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Study; serves as an editor for Neurocase and an associate editor of ADAD ; receives royalties from the publication of Behavioral Neurology of Dementia (Cambridge, 2009), Handbook of Neurology (Elsevier, 2009), and The Human Frontal Lobes (Guilford, 2008); serves as a consultant for Lundbeck, Elan, and Allon Therapeutics; serves on speaker's bureaus for Novartis and Pfizer; and receives research support from Novartis and the NIH (National Institute on Aging grants P50AG23501 and P01AG19724 [principal investigator]) and the State of California Alzheimer's Center.
Funding/Support: This work was supported by the NIH (grants R01 AG038791, R01 AG031278, P50 AG023501, and P01 AG019724), the John Douglas French Foundation, the Hellman Family Foundation, and the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation.