The spatial pattern of beta-amyloid (Abeta) deposits in Alzheimer’s disease patients is related to apolipoprotein genotype

Armstrong, Richard A. (1998). The spatial pattern of beta-amyloid (Abeta) deposits in Alzheimer’s disease patients is related to apolipoprotein genotype. Neuroscience Research Communications, 22 (2), pp. 90-106.

Abstract

The spatial patterns of the diffuse, primitive, and classic beta-amyloid (Abeta) deposits was studied in the frontal and temporal cortex in cases of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) expressing different apolipoprotein (Apo E) genotypes. No significant differences in the density of the three Abeta deposit subtypes were observed in individuals expressing genotypes e2/3 and e3/3 compared with those expressing e3/4 and e4/4. In all patients, Abeta deposit subtypes occurred in the tissue in clusters. Chi-square contingency analyses of the data suggested that the cluster size of the diffuse and classic Abeta deposits was unrelated to Apo E genotype. However, the primitive (‘neuritic’) type Abeta deposits occurred more frequently in smaller, denser clusters in individuals expressing genotypes e3/4 and e4/4 compared with those expressing e2/3 and e3/3. Hence, the presence of the e4 allele may be associated with a more specific pattern of neuronal degeneration in the frontal and temporal cortex in AD.

Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Optometry
Life & Health Sciences > Ophthalmic Research Group
Life & Health Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alzheimer’s disease,apolipoptotein E,beta-amyloid (Abeta) deposits,spatial pattern,neuritic plaques
Full Text Link: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/36983/abstract
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Published Date: 1998-12-07
Authors: Armstrong, Richard A. ( 0000-0002-5046-3199)

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