CSF α-synuclein inversely correlates with non-motor symptoms in a cohort of PD patients

Tommaso Schirinzi, Giulia Maria Sancesario, Giulia Di Lazzaro, Benedetta Biticchi, Vito Luigi Colona, Nicola Biagio Mercuri, Sergio Bernardini, Antonio Pisani

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Introduction: Although non-motor symptoms are early and disabling features of PD, reliable predictors and effective therapies are not yet available. Measurement of CSF proteins mirroring brain pathology is currently utilized for diagnostic and prognostic clustering of patients with neurodegenerative diseases but the association with non-motor symptoms in PD has not been evaluated. Here we performed a cross-sectional correlation study, aimed at identifying potential fluid biomarkers for non-motor symptoms in PD. Methods: CSF levels of 42-amyloid-β, total and phosphorylated tau, α-synuclein and reciprocal ratios were measured in a group of 46 PD patients compared to 37 gender/age-matched controls and correlated with standard clinical scores for motor and non-motor features. Results: We observed that α-synuclein levels were reduced in PD (p < 0.05, AUC = 0.8; p < 0.05) and inversely correlated with non-motor symptoms scale total score and items 3 and 9, even independently from age, disease duration, motor impairment severity and dopaminergic treatment (T = −2,9, p < 0.014; T = −3.6, p < 0.05; item 9: T = −2.1, p < 0.05, respectively). Conclusions: Our findings suggest that the reduction of CSF α-synuclein may parallel degeneration of non-dopaminergic systems. Although confirmatory studies are necessary, CSF α-synuclein reduction might represent a potential biomarker to monitor non-motor symptoms burden.

Original languageEnglish
JournalParkinsonism and Related Disorders
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


  • CSF biomarkers
  • Non-motor symptoms
  • Parkinson's disease
  • α-synuclein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Clinical Neurology


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