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Influence of BDNF Val66Met on the relationship between physical activity and brain volume

Brown, B.M.ORCID: 0000-0001-7927-2540, Bourgeat, P., Peiffer, J.J.ORCID: 0000-0002-3331-1177, Burnham, S., Laws, S.M., Rainey-Smith, S.R., Bartres-Faz, D., Villemagne, V.L., Taddei, K., Rembach, A., Bush, A., Ellis, K.A., Macaulay, S.L., Rowe, C.C., Ames, D., Masters, C.L., Maruff, P. and Martins, R.N. (2014) Influence of BDNF Val66Met on the relationship between physical activity and brain volume. Neurology, 83 (15). pp. 1345-1352.

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To investigate the association between habitual physical activity levels and brain temporal lobe volumes, and the interaction with the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) Val66Met polymorphism.

This study is a cross-sectional analysis of 114 cognitively healthy men and women aged 60 years and older. Brain volumes quantified by MRI were correlated with self-reported physical activity levels. The effect of the interaction between physical activity and the BDNF Val66Met polymorphism on brain structure volumes was assessed. Post hoc analyses were completed to evaluate the influence of the APOE ε4 allele on any found associations.

The BDNF Val66Met polymorphism interacted with physical activity to be associated with hippocampal (β = -0.22, p = 0.02) and temporal lobe (β = -0.28, p = 0.003) volumes. In Val/Val homozygotes, higher levels of physical activity were associated with larger hippocampal and temporal lobe volumes, whereas in Met carriers, higher levels of physical activity were associated with smaller temporal lobe volume.

The findings from this study support higher physical activity levels in the potential attenuation of age- and disease-related hippocampal and temporal lobe volume loss in Val/Val homozygotes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Publisher: American Academy of Neurology
Copyright: © 2014 American Academy of Neurology
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