Distinct pools of β-amyloid in Alzheimer disease-affected brain: A clinicopathologic study

Joshua R. Steinerman, Michael Irizarry, Nikolaos Scarmeas, Susan Raju, Jason Brandt, Marilyn Albert, Deborah Blacker, Bradley Hyman, Yaakov Stern

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Objective: To determine whether β-amyloid (Aβ) peptides segregated into distinct biochemical compartments would differentially correlate with clinical severity of Alzheimer disease (AD). Design: Clinicopathologic correlation study. Participants: Twenty-seven patients from a longitudinal study of AD and 13 age- and sex-matched controls without a known history of cognitive impairment or dementia were included in this study. Interventions: Temporal and cingulate neocortex were processed using a 4-step extraction, yielding biochemical fractions that are hypothesized to be enriched with proteins from distinct anatomical compartments: TRIS (extracellular soluble), Triton (intracellular soluble), sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) (membrane associated), and formic acid (extracellular insoluble). Levels of Aβ40 and Aβ42 were quantified in each biochemical compartment by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Results: The Aβ42 level in all biochemical compartments was significantly elevated in patients with AD vs controls (P < .01). The Aβ40 levels in the TRIS and formic acid fractions were elevated in patients with AD (temporal, P < .01; cingulate, P = .03); however, Triton and SDS Aβ40 levels were similar in patients with AD and in controls. Functional impairment proximal to death correlated with Triton Aβ42 (r = 0.48, P = .02) and SDS Aβ42 (r = 0.41, P = .04) in the temporal cortex. Faster cognitive decline was associated with elevated temporal SDS Aβ42 levels (P < .001), whereas slower decline was associated with elevated cingulate formic acid Aβ42 and SDS Aβ42 levels (P = .02 and P = .01, respectively). Conclusion: Intracellular and membrane-associated Aβ, especially Aβ42 in the temporal neocortex, may be more closely related to AD symptoms than other measured Aβ species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)906-912
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of neurology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology

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Steinerman, J. R., Irizarry, M., Scarmeas, N., Raju, S., Brandt, J., Albert, M., Blacker, D., Hyman, B., & Stern, Y. (2008). Distinct pools of β-amyloid in Alzheimer disease-affected brain: A clinicopathologic study. Archives of neurology, 65(7), 906-912. https://doi.org/10.1001/archneur.65.7.906