Impaired Renal Function and Biomarkers of Vascular Disease in Alzheimer’s Disease

Author(s): Cassandra Richardson, Ramin Nilforooshan, Paul R. Gard, Gary Weaving, Naji Tabet

Journal Name: Current Alzheimer Research

Volume 11 , Issue 3 , 2014

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Renal disease is a risk factor for vascular diseases and for dementia, and renal insufficiency can be a feature of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Evidence has suggested that vascular mechanisms mediate the link between renal disease and dementia. Our study sought to test this hypothesis by examining renal and vascular functioning in AD by investigating estimated glomerular filtration rates (eGFR), calculated from serum creatinine concentrations, and established biomarkers of vascular functioning, asymmetrical dimethylarginine (ADMA) and plasma homocysteine (Hcy), in individuals with mild to moderate AD (n = 34) and a group of older adult controls (n = 34). We found significantly reduced eGFR, indicative of impaired renal functioning, in individuals with AD (M = 62.9, SD = 15.2) compared with controls (M = 73.6, SD = 11.8). However, concentrations of ADMA and Hcy did not differ between patient and control groups (ADMA: M = 0.47; M = 0.50; Hcy: M = 17.2; M = 14.9; patients and controls). The criteria for a mediation analysis were not met, as concentrations of ADMA and Hcy did not predict AD, indicating that these biomarkers of vascular functioning did not mediate a relationship between renal functioning and AD. This study indicated that renal insufficiency may independently contribute to AD pathology, and other vascular mechanisms may influence a relationship between renal impairment and AD.

Keywords: Alzheimer’s disease, asymmetrical dimethylarginine, biomarkers of vascular disease, glomerular filtration rate, homocysteine, renal disease.

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Year: 2014
Published on: 31 January, 2014
Page: [253 - 258]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/1567205011666140131121739
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