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Effect of phenserine treatment on brain functional activity and amyloid in Alzheimer's disease
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2008 (English)In: Annals of Neurology, ISSN 0364-5134, Vol. 63, no 5, 621-631 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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OBJECTIVE: The effects of (-)-phenserine (phenserine) and placebo/donepezil treatment on regional cerebral metabolic rate for glucose (rCMRglc) and brain amyloid load were investigated by positron emission tomography in 20 patients with mild Alzheimer's disease in relation to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and plasma biomarkers, and cognitive function.

METHODS: The first 3 months of the study was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase, during which 10 patients received phenserine (30 mg/day) and 10 patients the placebo. Three to 6 months was an open-label extension phase, during which the placebo group received donepezil (5 mg/day) and the phenserine group remained on phenserine. After 6 months, all patients received phenserine treatment up to 12 months. The patients underwent positron emission tomography examinations to measure rCMRglc (8F-FDG) and amyloid load (11C-PIB) at baseline and after 3 and 6 months of the treatment. Neuropsychological and biomarker data were collected at the three times of positron emission tomography imaging.

RESULTS: Statistically significant effects on a composite neuropsychological test score were observed in the phenserine-treated group compared with the placebo and donepezil group at 3 and 6 months, respectively. Values of rCMRglc were significantly increased in several cortical regions after 3 months of phenserine treatment, compared with baseline, and correlated positively with cognitive function and CSF beta-amyloid 40 (Abeta40). Cortical Pittsburgh Compound B retention correlated negatively with CSF Abeta40 levels and the ratio Abeta/beta-secretase-cleaved amyloid precursor protein. In CSF, Abeta40 correlated positively with the attention domain of cognition.

INTERPRETATION: Phenserine treatment was associated with an improvement in cognition and an increase in rCMRglc.

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2008. Vol. 63, no 5, 621-631 p.
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Alzheimer's disease, phenserine treatment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-17371DOI: doi:10.1002/ana.21345ISI: 000255960600011PubMedID: 18300284OAI: diva2:183892
Available from: 2009-01-14 Created: 2009-01-14 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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