Iron Serum Markers Profile in Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration

Anastasia De Luca, Silvia Fostinelli, Clarissa Ferrari, Giuliano Binetti, Luisa Benussi, Barbara Borroni, Luisa Rossi, Mauro Rongioletti, Roberta Ghidoni, Rosanna Squitti

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Frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) is a progressive neurodegenerative syndrome. Defects of copper (Cu) and iron (Fe) homeostasis are involved in the development of several neurodegenerative diseases and their homeostasis is interconnected by the Cu-protein ceruloplasmin (Cp), responsible for Fe oxidative state. In this study we assessed Fe, transferrin (Trf), ferritin, Cp specific activity (eCp/iCp), Cp/Trf ratio, and Trf saturation in 60 FTLD patients and 43 healthy controls, and discussed the results in relation to Cu homeostasis. The significant decrease of the eCp/iCp in the FTLD patients supports the involvement of Fe imbalance in the onset and progression of FTLD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1373-1380
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Alzheimer's Disease
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Ceruloplasmin
  • copper
  • frontotemporal dementia
  • iron
  • serum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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