Early-onset mild cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease: Altered corticopetal cholinergic network

Injoong Kim, Na Young Shin, Bak Yunjin Bak, Phil Hyu Lee, Seung Koo Lee, Soo Mee Lim

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Degeneration of the substantia innominata (SI) is significantly correlated with cognitive performance in Parkinson's disease (PD). We examined functional and structural patterns of SI degeneration in drug-naïve PD patients according to the duration of parkinsonism before mild cognitive impairment (MCI) diagnosis. Twenty PD patients with a shorter duration (PD-MCI-SD, <1 year), 18 patients with a longer duration (PD-MCI-LD, ≥1 year), and 29 patients with intact cognition (PD-IC) were included. Seed-based resting-state functional connectivity (rsFC) analysis using bilateral SI seed and region-of-interest-based volumetric analysis were performed. Compared to PD-IC, the collapsed PD-MCI group showed altered rsFC in the right frontal and bilateral parietal areas. PD-MCI-SD showed rsFC alteration in broader frontal and parietal areas compared to the other groups. Decreased rsFC in the right frontal area was also significantly correlated with shorter disease duration. No significant SI volume change was found between the groups. Altered rsFC between the SI and the frontal and parietal areas might be relevant to cognitive dysfunction in PD. Decreased rsFC between the SI and frontal area might be associated with early-onset MCI, suggesting that cholinergic deficits in the frontal brain areas might play an important role in the acceleration of cognitive decline in PD.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2381
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2017

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