Nat Rev Neurol. 2014 Apr;10(4):204-16. doi: 10.1038/nrneurol.2014.24. Epub 2014 Mar 11.
Huntington disease: natural history, biomarkers and prospects for therapeutics.
Ross CA1, Aylward EH2, Wild EJ3, Langbehn DR4, Long JD4, Warner JH5, Scahill RI3, Leavitt BR6, Stout JC7, Paulsen JS4, Reilmann R8, Unschuld PG9,Wexler A10, Margolis RL1, Tabrizi SJ3.
Huntington disease (HD) can be seen as a model neurodegenerative disorder, in that it is caused by a single genetic mutation and is amenable to predictive genetic testing, with estimation of years to predicted onset, enabling the entire range of disease natural history to be studied. Structural neuroimaging biomarkers show that progressive regional brain atrophy begins many years before the emergence of diagnosable signs and symptoms of HD, and continues steadily during the symptomatic or 'manifest' period. The continued development of functional, neurochemical and other biomarkers raises hopes that these biomarkers might be useful for future trials of disease-modifying therapeutics to delay the onset and slow the progression of HD. Such advances could herald a new era of personalized preventive therapeutics. We describe the natural history of HD, including the timing of emergence of motor, cognitive and emotional impairments, and the techniques that are used to assess these features. Building on this information, we review recent progress in the development of biomarkers for HD, and potential future roles of these biomarkers in clinical trials.
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