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Neurological Disorders - Neuroscience - Pathology - Radiology and Medical Imaging

Plasma Based Markers of [11C] PiB-PET Brain Amyloid Burden
Published: Monday, September 24, 2012
Author: Steven John Kiddle et al.

by Steven John Kiddle, Madhav Thambisetty, Andrew Simmons, Joanna Riddoch-Contreras, Abdul Hye, Eric Westman, Ian Pike, Malcolm Ward, Caroline Johnston, Michelle Katharine Lupton, Katie Lunnon, Hilkka Soininen, Iwona Kloszewska, Magda Tsolaki, Bruno Vellas, Patrizia Mecocci, Simon Lovestone, Stephen Newhouse, Richard Dobson, for the Alzheimers Disease Neuroimaging Initiative

Changes in brain amyloid burden have been shown to relate to Alzheimer's disease pathology, and are believed to precede the development of cognitive decline. There is thus a need for inexpensive and non-invasive screening methods that are able to accurately estimate brain amyloid burden as a marker of Alzheimer's disease. One potential method would involve using demographic information and measurements on plasma samples to establish biomarkers of brain amyloid burden; in this study data from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative was used to explore this possibility. Sixteen of the analytes on the Rules Based Medicine Human Discovery Multi-Analyte Profile 1.0 panel were found to associate with [11C]-PiB PET measurements. Some of these markers of brain amyloid burden were also found to associate with other AD related phenotypes. Thirteen of these markers of brain amyloid burden – c-peptide, fibrinogen, alpha-1-antitrypsin, pancreatic polypeptide, complement C3, vitronectin, cortisol, AXL receptor kinase, interleukin-3, interleukin-13, matrix metalloproteinase-9 total, apolipoprotein E and immunoglobulin E – were used along with co-variates in multiple linear regression, and were shown by cross-validation to explain >30% of the variance of brain amyloid burden. When a threshold was used to classify subjects as PiB positive, the regression model was found to predict actual PiB positive individuals with a sensitivity of 0.918 and a specificity of 0.545. The number of APOE ? 4 alleles and plasma apolipoprotein E level were found to contribute most to this model, and the relationship between these variables and brain amyloid burden was explored.
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