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Current Alzheimer Research


ISSN (Print): 1567-2050
ISSN (Online): 1875-5828

Research Article

Association between Periodontal Health Status and Cognitive Abilitie s. The Role of Cytokine Profile and Systemic Inflammation

Author(s): Marta Sochocka*, Maciej Sobczyński , Aleksandra Sender-Janeczek , Katarzyna Zwolińska , Olga Błachowicz , Tomasz Tomczyk, Marek Ziętek and Jerzy Leszek

Volume 14, Issue 9, 2017

Page: [978 - 990] Pages: 13

DOI: 10.2174/1567205014666170316163340

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Background: Contemporary neurobiology, periodontal medicine, and immunology are now focusing on the relationship between chronic periodontitis and systemic diseases, which also include Alzheimer’s disease (AD). However a causative relationship between dementia and periodontitis has yet to be confirmed.

Objective: The aim of the study was to determine whether periodontal health status and cognitive abilities are correlated with the relative changes in systemic measures of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines as a reflection of systemic inflammation. We hypothesized that poor periodontal health status may be associated with cognitive impairment and dementia via the exacerbation of systemic inflammation.

Methods: Based on the periodontal and psychiatric examinations and the cytokine levels produced by unstimulated and LPS-stimulated PBL isolated from 128 participants, we have examined if the coexisting of these two clinically described conditions may have influence on the systemic inflammation. Mini- Mental State Examination (MMSE) and Bleeding on Probing (BoP) test results were combined into the one mathematical function U, which determines the severity of specific condition, called Cognitive and periodontal impairment state. Similarly, the levels of cytokines were combined into the one mathematical function V, whose value determines the level of Inflammatory state. The correlation between U and V was determined.

Results: These results confirm that the presence of cognitive decline and the additional source of proinflammatory mediators, like periodontal health problems, aggravate the systemic inflammation. Conclusion: It is most likely that the comorbidity of these two disorders may deepen the cognitive impairment, and neurodegenerative lesions and advance to dementia and AD.

Keywords: Cognitive impairment, periodontal disease, dementia, systemic inflammation, cytokines, Alzheimer's disease.

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