Metabolic characterization of spinocerebellar ataxia type 6

Arch Neurol. 2001 Feb;58(2):300-4. doi: 10.1001/archneur.58.2.300.


Background: Spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by slowly progressive ataxia and dysarthria. The mutational basis is an expanded CAG repeat sequence within the coding regions of the CACNL1A4 gene. Basic clinical, neuroimaging, and pathological, and epidemiological features have been described in the literature. However, the metabolic features of SCA6 have not been elucidated.

Objective: To investigate the metabolic features of SCA6.

Patients and methods: Seven patients with SCA6 and 7 healthy individuals underwent positron emission tomography using fluorodeoxyglucose F 18.

Results: Cerebral glucose utilization in the 7 patients with SCA6 was characterized by significant hypometabolism in widespread structures, including cortical regions and basal ganglia, as well as the cerebellar hemispheres and brainstem.

Conclusions: The results of the multiple-regional brain hypometabolism suggest that brain dysfunction associated with SCA6 may not be limited to the cerebellum and inferior olive, as previously suggested by the results of other pathologic studies.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cerebellum / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebellum / metabolism*
  • Female
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18
  • Glucose / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxias / diagnosis
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxias / metabolism*
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Telencephalon / diagnostic imaging
  • Telencephalon / metabolism*
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed


  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18
  • Glucose