Stage-Dependent Agreement between Cerebrospinal Fluid Proteins and FDG-PET Findings in Alzheimer's Disease

Author(s): Igor Yakushev, Matthias J. Muller, Hans-Georg Buchholz, Ulrike Lang, Heidi Rossmann, Harald Hampel, Mathias Schreckenberger, Andreas Fellgiebel

Journal Name: Current Alzheimer Research

Volume 9 , Issue 2 , 2012

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Cerebral hypometabolism and abnormal levels of amyloid beta (Aβ), total (t-tau) and phosphorylated tau (ptau) proteins in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) are established biomarkers of Alzheimers disease (AD). We examined the agreement between these biomarkers in a single center study of patients with AD of severity extending over a wide range. Forty seven patients (MMSE 21.4±3.6, range 13-28 points) with incipient and probable AD underwent positron emission tomography with [18F]-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG-PET) and lumbar puncture for CSF assays of Aβ1-42, p-tau181, and t-tau. All findings were classified as either positive or negative for AD. Statistical analyses were performed for the whole sample (n=47) and for the subgroups stratified as mild (MMSE > 20 points, n=30) and moderate (MMSE < 21 points, n=17) AD. In the whole patient sample, the agreement with the FDG-PET finding was 77% (chance-corrected kappa [κ]=0.34, p=0.016) for t-tau, 68% (κ=0.10, n.s.) for p-tau181, and 68% (κ=0.04, n.s.) for Aβ1-42. No significant agreement was found in the mild AD subgroup, while there was a strong agreement for t-tau (94%, κ=0.77, p=0.001) and p-tau181 (88%, κ=0.60, p=0.014) in the moderate AD group. A significant agreement between the FDG-PET and CSF tau findings in patients with AD supports the view that both are markers of neurodegeneration. CSF tau proteins and FDG-PET might substitute each other as supportive diagnostic tools in patients with suspected moderate-to-severe Alzheimers dementia, while this is not the case in subjects at an earlier disease stage.

Keywords: Amyloid, biomarker, CSF, dementia, mild cognitive impairment, positron emission tomography, tau, ApoE

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Year: 2012
Page: [241 - 247]
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.2174/156720512799361592
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