Apolipoprotein e genotype in patients with focal cerebral atrophy

V. Filippini, A. Daniele, C. Masuüo, M. C. Silveri, D. Seripa, V. Fazio, G. Gainotti

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While the distribution of Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) alleles in Alzheimer's Disease (AD) has been extensively investigated, the ApoE allele frequency in neurodegenerative disorders associated with focal cerebral atrophy (FCA) needs further investigatipn. ApoE genotype was determined in 9 patients with neurodegenerative syndromes with FCA (Pick's disease, primary progressive aphasia, progressive amnesia without dementia). Genomic DNA was extracted from blcod and amplified by a modified one-stage PCR, using primers that amplify 227 bp in ApoE exon 4, followed by Hhal or Tagf restriction enzyme digesticns, gel electrophoresis fractionation, and DNA staining. As compared with normal controls, in the FCA group, there was a three-fold increase of ET allele frequency (E-> = 0.17; £3 = 0.72; £4 = 0.11). These preliminary findings seem to be at variance with the results of a previous investigation showing that in patients with lobar atrophy the frequency of £3, £3, £4 does not differ from normal controls (Piclfering-Brown et al., Neuroscience Letters 188, 205, 1995). Our pilot study on a small series of patients with FCA may suggest differential patterns of ApoE allelic distribution in neurodegenerative disorders associated with FCA, as compared with sporadic AD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67
Number of pages1
JournalItalian Journal of Neurological Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology


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