Free copper and resting temporal EEG rhythms correlate across healthy, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer's disease subjects

Claudio Babiloni, Rosanna Squitti, Claudio Del Percio, Emanuele Cassetta, Maria Carla Ventriglia, Florinda Ferreri, Mario Tombini, Giovanni Frisoni, Giuliano Binetti, Mariella Gurzì, Serenella Salinari, Filippo Zappasodi, Paolo M. Rossini

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Abstract

Objective: The present study tested the hypothesis that the serum copper abnormalities were correlated with alterations of resting electroencephalographic (EEG) rhythms across the continuum of healthy elderly (Hold), mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and AD subjects. Methods: Resting eyes-closed EEG rhythms delta (2-4 Hz), theta (4-8 Hz), alpha 1 (8-10.5 Hz), alpha 2 (10.5-13 Hz), beta 1 (13-20 Hz), beta 2 (20-30 Hz), and gamma (30-40 Hz), estimated by LORETA, were recorded in 17 Hold, 19 MCI, 27 AD- (MMSE ≥ 20), and 27 AD+ (MMSE ≤ 20) individuals and correlated with copper biological variables. Results: Across the continuum of Hold, MCI and AD subjects, alpha sources in parietal, occipital, and temporal areas were decreased, while the magnitude of the delta and theta EEG sources in parietal, occipital, and temporal areas was increased. The fraction of serum copper unbound to ceruloplasmin positively correlated with temporal and frontal delta sources, regardless of the effects of age, gender, and education. Conclusions: These results sustain the hypothesis of a toxic component of serum copper that is correlated with functional loss of AD, as revealed by EEG indexes. Significance: The present study represents the first demonstration that the fraction of serum copper unbound to ceruloplasmin is correlated with cortical delta rhythms across Hold, MCI, and AD subjects, thus unveiling possible relationships among the biological parameter, advanced neurodegenerative processes, and synchronization mechanisms regulating the relative amplitude of selective EEG rhythms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1244-1260
Number of pages17
JournalClinical Neurophysiology
Volume118
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease (AD)
  • Ceruloplasmin
  • Copper
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Low resolution brain electromagnetic tomography (LORETA)
  • Mild cognitive impairment (MCI)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Neurology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Physiology (medical)

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