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Low PiB PET retention in presence of pathologic CSF biomarkers in Arctic APP mutation carriers
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Section of Nuclear Medicine and PET.
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2012 (English)In: Neurology, ISSN 0028-3878, E-ISSN 1526-632X, Vol. 79, no 3, 229-236 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: To investigate the particular pathology of the Arctic APP (APParc) early-onset familial Alzheimer disease (eoFAD) mutation for the first time in vivo with PET in comparison with other eoFAD mutations and sporadic Alzheimer disease (sAD).

Methods: We examined 2 APParc mutation carriers together with 5 noncarrier siblings cross-sectionally with C-11-labeled Pittsburgh compound B (PiB) and F-18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET, as well as MRI, CSF biomarkers, and neuropsychological tests. Likewise, we examined 7 patients with sAD, 1 carrier of a presenilin 1 (PSEN1) mutation, 1 carrier of the Swedish APP (APPswe) mutation, and 7 healthy controls (HCs).

Results: Cortical PiB retention was very low in the APParc mutation carriers while cerebral glucose metabolism and CSF levels of A beta(1-42), total and phosphorylated tau were clearly pathologic. This was in contrast to the PSEN1 and APPswe mutation carriers revealing high PiB retention in the cortex and the striatum in combination with abnormal glucose metabolism and CSF biomarkers, and the patients with sAD who showed typically high cortical PiB retention and pathologic CSF levels as well as decreased glucose metabolism when compared with HCs.

Conclusions: The lack of fibrillar beta-amyloid (A beta) as visualized by PiB PET in APParc mutation carriers suggests, given the reduced glucose metabolism and levels of A beta(1-42) in CSF, that other forms of A beta such as oligomers and protofibrils are important for the pathologic processes leading to clinical Alzheimer disease.

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2012. Vol. 79, no 3, 229-236 p.
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Basic Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-179579DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e31825fdf18ISI: 000306468100011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-179579DiVA: diva2:545382
Available from: 2012-08-20 Created: 2012-08-20 Last updated: 2014-08-08Bibliographically approved

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