Glucocerebrosidase mRNA is diminished in brain of Lewy body diseases and changes with disease progression in blood

Laia Perez-Roca, Cristina Adame-Castillo, Jaume Campdelacreu, Lourdes Ispierto, Dolores Vilas, Ramon Rene, Ramiro Alvarez, Jordi Gascon-Bayarri, Maria A. Serrano-Munoz, Aurelio Ariza, Katrin Beyer

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© 2017 Perez-Roca L et al. Parkinson disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) are Lewy body diseases characterized by abnormal alpha-synuclein deposits and overlapping pathological features in the brain. Several studies have shown that glucocerebrosidase (GBA) deficiency is involved in the development of LB diseases. Here, we aimed to find out if this deficiency starts at the transcriptional level, also involves alternative splicing, and if GBA expression changes in brain are also detectable in blood of patients with LB diseases. The expression of three GBA transcript variants (GBAtv1, GBAtv2 and GBAtv5) was analyzed in samples from 20 DLB, 25 PD and 17 control brains and in blood of 20 DLB, 26 PD patients and 17 unaffected individuals. Relative mRNA expression was determined by real-time PCR. Expression changes were evaluated by the ΔΔCt method. In brain, specific expression profiles were identified in the temporal cortex of DLB and in the caudate nucleus of PD. In blood, significant GBA mRNA diminution was found in both DLB and PD patients. Early PD and early-onset DLB patients showed lowest GBA levels which were normal in PD patients with advanced disease and DLB patients who developed disease after 70 years of age. In conclusion, disease group specific GBA expression profiles were found in mostly affected areas of LBD. In blood, GBA expression was diminished in LB diseases, especially in patients with early onset DLB and in patients with early PD. Age of disease onset exerts an opposite effect on GBA expression in DLB and PD.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-219
JournalAging and Disease
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


  • Dementia with Lewy bodies
  • GBA mRNA expression
  • Glucocerebrosidase deficiency
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Transcript variants


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