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Functional effects of genetic polymorphism in inflammatory genes in subjective memory complainers

Lau, S., Bates, K.A., Sohrabi, H.R., Rodrigues, M., Martins, G., Dhaliwal, S.S., Taddei, K., Laws, S.M., Martins, I.., Mastaglia, F.L., Foster, J.K., Phillips, J.K. and Martins, R.N. (2012) Functional effects of genetic polymorphism in inflammatory genes in subjective memory complainers. Neurobiology of Aging, 33 (6). pp. 1054-1056.

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Abstract

A number of genetic risk factors have been identified for Alzheimer's disease (AD) including genes involved in the inflammatory response (interleukin 1A, [IL-1 alpha (-889)], interleukin 1B (IL-1 beta [+3953]), and tumor necrosis factor (TNF [-308 and -850]). We investigated the prevalence and functional consequences (baseline cognitive performance, plasma cytokine levels) of possession of these putative genetic risk factors within a group of subjective memory complainers (SMC, n = 226) and age and sex matched noncomplainers (NMC, n = 167). We observed no effect of any of the genetic factors investigated on cognitive performance. Further, there was no difference in the frequency of the disease-associated alleles, or cytokine levels between subjective memory complainers and noncomplainer participants. There was no relationship between TNF polymorphisms and TNF levels. There was a significant increase in plasma IL-1 beta levels in those homozygous for the disease-associated allele (i.e., IL-1 beta +3953 TT). Follow-up longitudinal assessments on this cohort will provide insight as to how these polymorphisms may affect the risk of cognitive decline over time.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier Inc
Copyright: Crown Copyright (C) 2012
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/8609
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