Background: Reduced phonemic fluency is extremely frequent in progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), but its neural correlate is yet to be defined. Objective: We explored the hypothesis that poor fluency in PSP might be due to neurodegeneration within a dominant frontal circuit known to be involved in speech fluency, including the opercular area, the superior frontal cortex (BA6), and the frontal aslant tract connecting these two regions. Methods: We correlated performance on a letter fluency task (F, A, and S, 60 s for each letter) with brain metabolism as measured with Fluoro-deoxy-glucose Positron Emission Tomography, using Statistical Parametric Mapping, in 31 patients with PSP. Results: Reduced letter fluency was associated with significant hypometabolism at the level of left BA6. Conclusion: Our finding is the first evidence that in PSP, as in other neurogical disorders, poor self-initiated, effortful verbal retrieval appears to be linked to dysfunction of the dominant opercular-aslant-BA6 circuit.

Isella, V., Licciardo, D., Ferri, F., Crivellaro, C., Morzenti, S., Appollonio, I., et al. (2022). Reduced phonemic fluency in progressive supranuclear palsy is due to dysfunction of dominant BA6. FRONTIERS IN AGING NEUROSCIENCE, 14 [10.3389/fnagi.2022.969875].

Reduced phonemic fluency in progressive supranuclear palsy is due to dysfunction of dominant BA6

Isella, Valeria;Licciardo, Daniele;Crivellaro, Cinzia;Morzenti, Sabrina;Appollonio, Ildebrando;Ferrarese, Carlo
2022

Abstract

Background: Reduced phonemic fluency is extremely frequent in progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), but its neural correlate is yet to be defined. Objective: We explored the hypothesis that poor fluency in PSP might be due to neurodegeneration within a dominant frontal circuit known to be involved in speech fluency, including the opercular area, the superior frontal cortex (BA6), and the frontal aslant tract connecting these two regions. Methods: We correlated performance on a letter fluency task (F, A, and S, 60 s for each letter) with brain metabolism as measured with Fluoro-deoxy-glucose Positron Emission Tomography, using Statistical Parametric Mapping, in 31 patients with PSP. Results: Reduced letter fluency was associated with significant hypometabolism at the level of left BA6. Conclusion: Our finding is the first evidence that in PSP, as in other neurogical disorders, poor self-initiated, effortful verbal retrieval appears to be linked to dysfunction of the dominant opercular-aslant-BA6 circuit.
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FDG-PET; fluency; frontal aslant tract; progressive supranuclear palsy; supplementary motor area;
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2022
14
969875
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Isella, V., Licciardo, D., Ferri, F., Crivellaro, C., Morzenti, S., Appollonio, I., et al. (2022). Reduced phonemic fluency in progressive supranuclear palsy is due to dysfunction of dominant BA6. FRONTIERS IN AGING NEUROSCIENCE, 14 [10.3389/fnagi.2022.969875].
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