Human Serum Transthyretin Levels Correlate Inversely with Alzheimer's Disease

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Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the fastest growing neurodegenerative disease in the elderly population, and the search for therapeutic targets and diagnostic AD biomarkers is an exigent issue. Because amyloid-beta (A beta) aggregation constitutes the epicenter of AD pathology, A beta-binding proteins that regulate A beta aggregation, such as transthyretin (TTR), have attracted much attention. TTR binds to A beta, prevents its aggregation, and consequently inhibits A beta-induced cellular toxicity. Decreased TTR levels in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from AD patients suggest that TTR is a biomarker of AD. But, studies on TTR as a biomarker have focused on CSF; no study has evaluated peripheral levels of TTR in AD. Here, we examined the relationship between serum TTR levels and AD. We measured TTR levels in serum samples from 90 nondemented controls and 111 AD patients and observed significantly lower serum TTR levels in AD (p < 0.001). Notably, females in the control group had lower serum TTR levels compared with male in the control (p = 0.006), while no difference in gender was noted in the AD group. There were no age-related changes in serum TTR levels. Thus, this study demonstrates a clear negative correlation between serum TTR levels and AD, suggesting that TTR is not only involved in AD pathological process but also suggested as possible peripheral biomarker for AD diagnosis in serum level.
Publisher
IOS PRESS
Issue Date
2011
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Keywords

AMYLOID-BETA-PROTEIN; HUMAN CEREBROSPINAL-FLUID; RETINOL-BINDING PROTEIN; PRECURSOR PROTEIN; TRANSGENIC MICE; CHOROID-PLEXUS; HYPOTHESIS; TOXICITY; SCHIZOPHRENIA; INFLAMMATION

Citation

JOURNAL OF ALZHEIMERS DISEASE, v.25, no.1, pp.77 - 84

ISSN
1387-2877
DOI
10.3233/JAD-2011-102145
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/102492
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