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Inhibition of acetylcholinesterase in CSF versus brain assessed by 11C-PMP PET in AD patients treated with galantamine
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2008 (English)In: Neurobiology of Aging, ISSN 0197-4580, Vol. 29, no 2, 168-184 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The relationship between acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity in the CSF and brain of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) was investigated in 18 mild AD patients following galantamine treatment. The first 3 months of the study had a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled design, during which 12 patients received galantamine (16–24 mg/day) and six patients placebo. This was followed by 9 months galantamine treatment in all patients. Activities and protein levels of both the “read-through” AChE (AChE-R) and the synaptic (AChE-S) variants in CSF were assessed in parallel together with the regional brain AChE activity by 11C-PMP and PET. The AChE-S inhibition was 30–36% in CSF, which correlated well with the in vivo AChE inhibition in the brain. No significant AChE inhibition was observed in the placebo group. The increased level of the AChE-R protein was 16% higher than that of AChE-S. Both the AChE inhibition and the increased level of AChE-R protein positively correlated with the patient's performance in cognitive tests associated with visuospatial ability and attention. In conclusion, AChE levels in CSF closely mirror in vivo brain AChE levels prior to and after treatment with the cholinesterase inhibitors. A positive cognitive response seems to dependent on the AChE inhibition level, which is balanced by an increased protein level of the AChE-R variant in the patients.

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2008. Vol. 29, no 2, 168-184 p.
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Alzheimer's disease, acetylcholinesterase, positron emission tomography (PET), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), red blood cells (RBC), galantamine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-17388DOI: doi:10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2006.09.020PubMedID: 17196712OAI: diva2:183909
This research was sponsored by the Medical Research Council (project no. 05817), Stiftelsen for Gamla Tjänarinnor, KI foundations, Stohne's foundation, and Janssen-Cilag (Sweden and USA).Available from: 2009-01-14 Created: 2009-01-14 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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