Neurovascular Dysfunction in Alzheimer Disease: Assessment of Cerebral Vasoreactivity by Ultrasound Techniques and Evaluation of Circulating Progenitor Cells and Inflammatory Markers

Virginia Cipollini, Giuliano Sette, Paola Bossù, Antonio Ciaramella, Francesca Salani, Antonella De Carolis, Fernanda Troili, Francesco Orzi, Franco Giubilei

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Abstract

Aims: The aims of this study were to assess vascular dysfunction in patients with Alzheimer disease (AD) by investigating cerebral vasomotor reactivity using transcranial Doppler ultrasound (TCD) and to evaluate any correlations between cerebral vasoreactivity and endothelium dysfunction. Moreover, the frequency of circulating progenitor cells (CPCs) and the blood concentration of vascular/inflammatory markers were evaluated. Materials and Methods: We recruited 35 AD subjects and 17 age-matched, sex-matched, and education-matched healthy control subjects. Cerebral vasomotor reactivity was assessed by means of the TCD-based breath-holding index test (BHI). The level of CPCs was evaluated by means of flow cytometry from venous blood samples, while blood vascular/inflammatory markers were measured by means of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Results: Both cerebral assay blood flow velocity in the middle cerebral artery (MCAFV) and BHI values were significantly lower in AD subjects than in healthy controls (P<0.05). A positive trend was found between MCAFV and BHI values and Mini-Mental State Evaluation (MMSE) scores. Moreover, the hematopoietic progenitor cells' count was found to be lower in patients with AD than in controls (P<0.05). Finally, a significantly higher expression of the plasma chemokine CCL-2 was observed in AD patients than in healthy controls. Conclusions: Our results confirm that cerebral hemodynamic deterioration may be a critical marker of cognitive decline. Further studies are needed to investigate the role of circulating CPCs and chemokines as potential contributors to neurovascular dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAlzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Alzheimer disease
  • cerebral vasoreactivity
  • circulating progenitor cells
  • neuroinflammation
  • neurovascular dysfunction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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