Beta-amyloid (Ab) plaques have been observed in the brain of healthy elderlies with frequencies strongly influenced by age. The aim of the study is to evaluate the role of age and other biochemical and hematological parameters on Ab1–42 plasma levels in cognitively and neurologically normal individuals. Two-hundred and seventy-five normal subjects stratified by age groups (<35 years, 35–65 years, and >65 years) were included in the study. Ab1–42 plasma levels significantly correlated with age (rs = 0.27; p < 0.0001) in the whole sample, inversely correlated with age in the first age group (rs = 0.25, p = 0.01), positively correlated in the second group (rs = 0.22, p = 0.03), while there was no significant correlation in the older group (rs = 0.02, p = 0.86). Both age (b- estimate = 0.08; p < 0.001) and cholesterol (b-estimate = 0.03; p = 0.009) were significantly associated with Ab1–42 plasma level in multivariable analysis. However, only the association with age survived post hoc adjustment for multiple comparisons. The different effects of age on the Ab level across age groups should be explored in further studies to better understand the age-dependent variability. This could better define the value of plasma Ab as a biomarker of the Alzheimer neuropathology.

The Role of Age on Beta-Amyloid1–42 Plasma Levels in Healthy Subjects

Zecca, Chiara;Pasculli, Giuseppe;Tortelli, Rosanna;Capozzo, Rosa;Barulli, Maria Rosaria;Pollice, Alessio;Logroscino, Giancarlo
2021-01-01

Abstract

Beta-amyloid (Ab) plaques have been observed in the brain of healthy elderlies with frequencies strongly influenced by age. The aim of the study is to evaluate the role of age and other biochemical and hematological parameters on Ab1–42 plasma levels in cognitively and neurologically normal individuals. Two-hundred and seventy-five normal subjects stratified by age groups (<35 years, 35–65 years, and >65 years) were included in the study. Ab1–42 plasma levels significantly correlated with age (rs = 0.27; p < 0.0001) in the whole sample, inversely correlated with age in the first age group (rs = 0.25, p = 0.01), positively correlated in the second group (rs = 0.22, p = 0.03), while there was no significant correlation in the older group (rs = 0.02, p = 0.86). Both age (b- estimate = 0.08; p < 0.001) and cholesterol (b-estimate = 0.03; p = 0.009) were significantly associated with Ab1–42 plasma level in multivariable analysis. However, only the association with age survived post hoc adjustment for multiple comparisons. The different effects of age on the Ab level across age groups should be explored in further studies to better understand the age-dependent variability. This could better define the value of plasma Ab as a biomarker of the Alzheimer neuropathology.
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