Differences in regional brain atrophy in genetic forms of Alzheimer’s disease

Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute and the University of New South Wales, Barker Street, Randwick, Sydney, NSW 2031, Australia.
Neurobiology of Aging (Impact Factor: 5.01). 04/2006; 27(3):387-93. DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2005.03.011
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Multiple degenerative hallmarks characterize Alzheimer's disease: insoluble protein deposition, neuronal loss and cortical atrophy. Atrophy begins in the medial temporal lobe and becomes global by end stage. In a small proportion of cases, these tissue changes are caused by mutations in three known genes. These cases are affected earlier in life and have more abundant protein deposition, which may indicate greater tissue atrophy and degeneration. This issue remains unresolved. Grey matter atrophy in different cortical regions was determined in genetic cases of Alzheimer's disease (N = 13) and compared to sporadic cases (N = 13) and non-diseased controls (N = 23). Genetic mutations were found to influence the degree and regional pattern of atrophy. The majority of cases had greater medial temporal atrophy than sporadic disease, suggesting that abnormalities affecting Abeta metabolism selectively increase hippocampal degeneration. Cases with mutations in presenilin-1 demonstrated additional increased frontotemporal atrophy. This effect may be due to the influence of presenilin-1 on tau phosphorylation and metabolism. These differences may explain the earlier onset ages in these different forms of Alzheimer's disease.

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    • "Gray matter regional volume loss and decreases in magnetization transfer ratio have also been reported in mildly symptomatic carriers [69]. Additionally, it has been well established that in early onset AD, hippocampus may be not always involved as in the typical form and that frontoparietal areas showed greater atrophy in monogenic forms compared with sporadic late onset cases [68, 70, 71]. APP mutations seem to be more associated with hippocampal atrophy, whereas PSEN1 mutation carriers had more general neocortical involvement and a prominent frontotemporal atrophy [68, 72]. "
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    • "Basic clinical and demographic data for the samples used in this study are provided in Table 1. The samples were stratified into four groups of disease severity using clinically and pathologically defined National Institute on Aging-Reagan criteria as described previously [46] [47]. Thirty four samples were obtained in total including nine cases of normal control brain. "
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    • "Likewise, the effectmaps are suggestive of more focal temporal lobe grey matter atrophy in the APP subjects then the PSEN1 patients. There is some support for this finding from postmortem studies which have shown greater grey matter loss in PSEN1 subjects compared with those with APP mutations [20]. "
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