Neurophysiological correlates of non-motor symptoms in late premanifest and early-stage manifest huntington's disease

Marie Claire Davis*, Aron T. Hill, Paul B. Fitzgerald, Neil W. Bailey, Julie C. Stout, Kate E. Hoy

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    Objective: To find sensitive neurophysiological correlates of non-motor symptoms in Huntington's disease (HD), which are essential for the development and assessment of novel treatments. Methods: We used resting state EEG to examine differences in oscillatory activity (analysing the isolated periodic as well as the complete EEG signal) and functional connectivity in 22 late premanifest and early stage people with HD and 20 neurotypical controls. We then assessed the correlations between these neurophysiological markers and clinical measures of apathy and processing speed. Results: Significantly lower theta and greater delta resting state power was seen in the HD group, as well as significantly greater delta connectivity. There was a significant positive correlation between theta power and processing speed, however there were no associations between the neurophysiological and apathy measures. Conclusions: We speculate that these changes in oscillatory power and connectivity reflect ongoing, frontally concentrated degenerative and compensatory processes associated with HD. Significance: Our findings support the potential utility of quantitative EEG as a proximate marker of processing speed, but not apathy in HD.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)166-176
    Number of pages11
    JournalClinical Neurophysiology
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023


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