APOE and modulation of Alzheimer's and frontotemporal dementia

Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Northern Savo, Finland
Neuroscience Letters (Impact Factor: 2.03). 02/2004; 356(3):167-70. DOI: 10.1016/j.neulet.2003.11.042
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To investigate the difference in the morphologic expression of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) in patients carrying and not carrying the epsilon4 allele of APOE, MR images of 26 controls, 18 AD patients (11 carrying the epsilon4 allele, seven non-carriers), and eight FTD (two carriers, six non-carriers) were compared using voxel by voxel analysis. Greater atrophy was found in the disease-specific regions of the epsilon4 carriers vs the non-carriers at P < 0.05 corrected: medial temporal atrophy was greater in the AD carrying the epsilon4 allele, right ventral striatal atrophy in the FTD carrying the allele. The non-carriers did not have atrophic regions compared to the carriers. The epsilon4 allele of the APOE might modulate the expression of degenerative dementias by enhancing the specific effects of neurodegenerative diseases on the brain.

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    • " vulnerability not only in AD but also in FTD and that other concomitant genetic and / or environmental factor ( s ) might modu - late the detrimental effects of APOE E4 leading to the different regional vulnerability that is at the basis of the topographical dif - ferences in the affected areas in AD ( mediotemporal ) and FTD ( frontotemporal ) ( Boccardi et al . , 2004 ) . Taken all this together and based on our own data , APOE might be a locus to be further char - acterized in the Italian FTD population , and conversely , the risk of a contamination of AD cases within our study cohort , if any , is likely to be minimal . The classical association analysis was followed by the SNPs - to - genes analys"

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    • "This evidence prompts the use of brain volume as an intermediate phenotype for association studies of diseaserelated gene variants. Several imaging genetics studies have already confirmed the genetic effects of APOE-␧4 load on regional brain atrophy (Boccardi et al., 2004; Geroldi et al., 1999; Hashimoto et al., 2001; Lehtovirta et al., 1995, 1996; Tanaka et al., 1998), including a recent study (Filippini et al., 2009) that used the same cohort as we report here. "
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    • "Some comparison is warranted between this approach and other methods for hippocampal mapping. Other hippocampal mapping studies by our group have contrasted the atrophy patterns in Lewy Body dementia, vascular dementia (Scher et al., in press), amnestic MCI (Becker et al., 2006), fronto-temporal dementia (Frisoni et al., 2006), and in those at genetic risk for AD (Boccardi et al., 2004) revealing morphometric signatures characteristic of each condition. These prior reports used the same surface parameterization methods and radial distance measures as were used in this report (statistics of radial atrophy), but the studies relied on manual tracing rather than automated segmentation, which greatly accelerates the rate at which scans can be analyzed. "
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