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Amyloid beta peptide 1-42 highly correlates with capillary cerebral amyloid angiopathy and Alzheimer disease pathology

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Johannes Attems


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Recent studies reported both positive [Thal et al. (2003) J Neuropathol Exp Neurol 62:1287-1301] and negative [Tian et al. (2003) Neurosci Lett 352:137-140] correlations between cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology. We have recently shown high correlations between neuritic AD pathology and amyloid beta peptide (Abeta) deposits in the capillary/pericapillary compartment (CapCAA) with only low correlations to general CAA (non-capillary). We have now studied the relationship between CapCAA and AD pathology with respect to the distribution of Abeta40 and 42 in the frontal cortex of 100 human postmortem brains from both male and female, demented and non-demented patients (mean age +/- SD 84.3 +/- 9.3 years). Using polyclonal antibodies to Abeta40 and 42, capillary and plaques positivity were assessed semiquantiatively on a four-point scale. Abeta42 deposits in capillaries correlated highly with both Abeta42 deposits in plaques and morphological AD criteria (CERAD, Braak stages, and NIA-Reagan-Institute criteria), while only a low correlation with CAA was observed. Abeta40 deposits in capillaries differed morphologically from Abeta42 ones: they were limited to capillary walls, were significantly less frequent in both capillaries and plaques compared to Abeta42 ( P

Publication metadata

Author(s): Attems J, Lintner F, Jellinger KA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Acta Neuropathologica

Year: 2004

Volume: 107

Issue: 4

Pages: 283-291

ISSN (print): 0001-6322

ISSN (electronic): 1432-0533

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s00401-004-0822-6

Notes: Attems, Johannes Lintner, Felix Jellinger, Kurt A Comparative Study Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't Germany Acta neuropathologica Acta Neuropathol. 2004 Apr;107(4):283-91. Epub 2004 Feb 20.


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