CLU, CR1 and PICALM: Genotypic Effects on Mild Cognitive Impairment Status and Stability

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    Whitehead, Bonnie P
  • Objective: Clinical utility of the Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) classification is diminished by uncertainty regarding procedures for detecting preceding transitions from normal aging (NA) and future transitions to Alzheimer’s disease  (AD). AD genetic markers may clarify underlying neurodegenerative etiology, thereby improving MCI classification. Method: Data are from the Victoria Longitudinal Study. We determine if AD-related genotypes [Apolipoprotein E (APOE; rs429358, rs7412), Clusterin (CLU; rs11136000), Complement Receptor 1 (CR1; rs6656401), Phosphatidylinositol Binding Clathrin Assembly Protein (PICALM; rs541458)] independently or interactively distinguish (a) MCI (n=101) and NA adults (n=136) at baseline, and (b) longitudinal groups representing two- wave (M=4.5 years) profiles of MCI chronicity and change. Results: CLU and APOE independently predicted baseline MCI. Each gene independently differentiated one combination of longitudinal profiles. The CR1(2) x APOE(2) interaction differentiated numerous longitudinal profiles. Discussion: AD genetic markers are linked with transitions and chronicity involving NA and MCI, and may augment current MCI classification procedures.

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    University of Alberta
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    • Dixon, Roger (Psychology)
    • Camicioli, Richard (Neurology)
    • Singhal, Anthony (Psychology)
    • Lechelt, Katherine (Geriatric Medicine)
    • Wiebe, Sandra (Psychology)