Journal of Neural Transmission | 2019

Prediction of future weight change with dopamine transporter in patients with Parkinson’s disease



Fluctuating body weight is a commonly reported nonmotor feature in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). We hypothesised that striatal dopamine transporter (DAT) density at the time of diagnosis might play an important role in weight regulation in patients with PD. DAT density was measured from 123I-FP-CIT single-photon emission computed tomography. Region-of-interest analyses were performed to measure the specific binding of 123I-FP-CIT to DAT, and the putamen-to-caudate nucleus ratio (PCR) was calculated. Body weight was measured at baseline (W0) and at 48\xa0months (W48). We classified subjects into three groups: weight loss, stable, and weight gain. In final analyses, 163 patients (106 men, 57 women) were included. PCR significantly differed by group in men, but not in women or across all patients. In men, PCR was slightly negatively associated with the percentage change in weight. No such correlation was found across all patients or in women. In univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses, low PCR was associated with future weight gain in men with PD but not in women. In conclusion, striatal DAT availability at the time of diagnosis could predict subsequent weight change in men with PD.

Volume 126
Pages 723-729
DOI 10.1007/s00702-019-02016-w
Language English
Journal Journal of Neural Transmission

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