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Title: Neurofilament light as a blood biomarker for neurodegeneration in down syndrome
Authors: Strydom, Andre
Heslegrave, Amanda
Startin, Carla M.
Mok, Kin Y.
Hardy, John
Groet, Jurgen
Nizetic, Dean
Zetterberg, Henrik
Keywords: Alzheimer's Disease
Down Syndrome
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Strydom, A., Heslegrave, A., Startin, C. M., Mok, K. Y., Hardy, J., Groet, J., et al. (2018). Neurofilament light as a blood biomarker for neurodegeneration in Down syndrome. Alzheimer's Research & Therapy, 10(1).
Series/Report no.: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
Abstract: Background Down syndrome (DS) may be considered a genetic form of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) due to universal development of AD neuropathology, but diagnosis and treatment trials are hampered by a lack of reliable blood biomarkers. A potential biomarker is neurofilament light (NF-L), due to its association with axonal damage in neurodegenerative conditions. Methods We measured blood NF-L concentrations in 100 adults with DS using Simoa NF-light® assays, and we examined relationships with age as well as cross-sectional and longitudinal dementia diagnosis. Results NF-L concentrations increased with age (Spearman’s rho = 0.789, p < 0.001), with a steep increase after age 40, and they were predictive of dementia status (p = 0.022 adjusting for age, sex, and APOE4), but they showed no relationship with long-standing epilepsy or premorbid ability. Baseline NF-L concentrations were associated with longitudinal dementia status. Conclusions NF-L is a biomarker for neurodegeneration in DS with potential for use in future clinical trials to prevent or delay dementia.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/81011
http://hdl.handle.net/10220/45065
ISSN: 1758-9193
DOI: 10.1186/s13195-018-0367-x
Rights: © The Author(s). 2018 Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
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