Is beta-amyloid (Abeta) deposition in the frontal cortex of patients with Alzheimer’s disease related to blood vessels?

Armstrong, Richard A. (1996). Is beta-amyloid (Abeta) deposition in the frontal cortex of patients with Alzheimer’s disease related to blood vessels? Alzheimer's Research, 2 , pp. 47-50.

Abstract

The density of the diffuse, primitive and classic beta-amyloid (Abeta) deposits and the incidence of large and small diameter blood vessels was studied in the upper laminae of the frontal cortex of 10 patients with sporadic Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The data were analysed using the partial correlation coefficient to determine whether variations in the density of Abeta deposit subtypes along the cortex were related to blood vessels. Significant correlations between the density of the diffuse or primitive Abeta deposits and blood vessels were found in only a small number of patients. However, the classic Abeta deposits were positively correlated with the large blood vessels in all 10 patients, the correlations remaining when the effects of gyral location and mutual correlations between Abeta deposits were removed. These results suggest that the larger blood vessels are involved specifically in the formation of the classic Abeta deposits and are less important in the formation of the diffuse and primitive deposits.

Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Optometry
Life & Health Sciences > Ophthalmic Research Group
Life & Health Sciences > Health Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alzheimer’s disease,Abeta deposits,frontal cortex,blood vessels,partial correlation
Published Date: 1996

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