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COMT val158met is not associated with Aβ-amyloid and APOE ε4 related cognitive decline in cognitively normal older adults.

Authors: Ames D, Burnham SC, Groth D, Laws SM, Lim YY, Martins RN, Maruff P, Masters CL, Milicic L, Peretti M, Porter T, Rainey-Smith S, Rowe CC, Salvado O, Savage G, Sohrabi HR, Verdile G, Villemagne VL, Weinborn M

Journal: IBRO reports

DOI: 10.1016/j.ibror.2019.05.001

Year Published: 2019

The non-synonymous single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), Val158Met within the Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene has been associated with altered levels of cognition and memory performance in cognitively normal adults. This study aimed to investigate the independent and interactional effects of COMT Val158Met on cognitive performance. In particular, it was hypothesised that COMT Val158Met would modify the effect […]

Klotho allele status is not associated with Aβ and APOE ε4-related cognitive decline in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease.

Authors: Ames D, Burnham SC, Groth D, Laws SM, Lim YY, Martins RN, Maruff P, Masters CL, Milicic L, Porter T, Rainey-Smith S, Rowe CC, Salvado O, Savage G, Verdile G, Villemagne VL

Journal: Neurobiology of Aging

DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2018.12.014

Year Published: 2019

The longevity gene Klotho (KL), specifically the functional KL-VS variant, has previously been associated with cognition and rates of cognitive decline. This study aimed to determine whether KL-VS associations with cognition were observable in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The study also aimed to determine whether there was a combined influence of KL-VS, neocortical amyloid-β (Aβ) […]

A Polygenic Risk Score Derived From Episodic Memory Weighted Genetic Variants Is Associated With Cognitive Decline in Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease.

Authors: Ames D, Burnham SC, Groth D, Laws SM, Lim YY, Martins RN, Maruff P, Masters CL, Milicic L, Peretti M, Porter T, Rainey-Smith S, Rowe CC, Salvado O, Savage G, Taddei K, Verdile G, Villemagne VL

Journal: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience

DOI: 10.3389/fnagi.2018.00423

Year Published: 2018

Studies of Alzheimer’s disease risk-weighted polygenic risk scores (PRSs) for cognitive performance have reported inconsistent associations. This inconsistency is particularly evident when PRSs are assessed independent of APOE genotype. As such, the development and assessment of phenotype-specific weightings to derive PRSs for cognitive decline in preclinical AD is warranted. To this end a episodic memory-weighted […]

Utility of an Alzheimer’s Disease Risk-Weighted Polygenic Risk Score for Predicting Rates of Cognitive Decline in Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease: A Prospective Longitudinal Study.

Authors: Ames D, Burnham SC, Groth D, Laws SM, Li QX, Lim YY, Maruff P, Masters CL, Milicic L, Porter T, Rainey-Smith S, Rowe CC, Salvado O, Savage G, Verdile G, Villemagne VL

Journal: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease

DOI: 10.3233/JAD-180713

Year Published: 2018

BACKGROUND: With the exception of APOE, genetic variants associated with increased Alzheimer’s disease (AD) risk are characterized by small effect sizes. Polygenic risk scores (PRS) have shown utility in predicting AD risk; however, their utility for predicting decline in cognition at preclinical stages of AD is poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: To validate associations of a 22-variant […]

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, 16-week study of the H3 receptor antagonist, GSK239512 as a monotherapy in subjects with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

Authors: Beresford I, Berges AC, Boardley RL, Grove RA, Harrington CM, Horrigan JP, Lowy MT, Mahler A, Maruff P, Nathan PJ, Nicholls AP

Journal: Current Alzheimer Research

Year Published: 2014

INTRODUCTION: Histaminergic H3 receptors may play a role in modulating cholinergic and monoaminergic neurotransmission. This Phase II study evaluated the efficacy and safety of GSK239512, a highly potent, brain penetrant H3 receptor antagonist as monotherapy treatment for subjects with mild-to-moderate probable Alzheimer’s disease (AD). METHODS: In this 16-week, double-blind, randomized, parallel group study, 196 currently […]

Personal memory function in mild cognitive impairment and subjective memory complaints: results from the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers, and Lifestyle (AIBL) Study of Ageing.

Authors: Ames D, Buckley RF, Ellis KA, Irish M, Lautenschlager NT, Macaulay SL, Martins RN, Maruff P, Masters CL, Rainey-Smith SR, Rembach A, Rowe CC, Saling MM, Savage G, Szoeke C

Journal: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease

DOI: 10.3233/JAD-131820

Year Published: 2014

BACKGROUND: Autobiographical memory (ABM) refers to the recollection of individual experiences, while personal semantic memory (PSM) refers to personally relevant, but shared, facts. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is routinely diagnosed with the aid of neuropsychological tests, which do not tap the ABM and PSM domains. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to characterize the nature of ABM and […]