The low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1 gene) is a candidate gene for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), because it is a ligand for proteins involved in ADpathogenesis, such as apolipoprotein E (APOE), a2-macroglobulin (A2M), amyloid precursor protein (APP), and is located on chromosome 12, within a region linked with AD. An association between a silent polymorphism (C/T) in exon 3 and late onset AD has been reported, with an increased frequency of the C allele, although with conflicting results. We examined this polymorphism in a cohort of 166 sporadic AD patients and 225 sex- and age-matched nondemented controls from Southern Italy. No statistically significant differences were found in LRP1 genotype and allele frequencies between the wholeAD sample and controls, nor in early- and lateonset subsets of AD patients. No statistically significant differences in frequencies between LRP1 alleles and AD among APOE allele, age, or gender strata were found. Finally, comparing our results with the findings from other European populations, the LRP1 C allele frequency showed a statistically significant decreasing trend from Northern to Southern regions of Europe, with a concomitant increase in LRP1 T allele frequency, but in AD patients only. Finally, in the AD sample, a decreasing geographical trend from North to South of Europe was found for LRP1 CC genotype, and an inverse trend for LRP1 CT genotype frequency. We suggest that these regional variations in LRP1 genotype and allele frequencies in AD could be related to the different patterns of association between this polymorphism and the disease in various European studies.
|Titolo:||Regional European differences in allele and genotype frequencies of low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 polymorphism in Alzheimer's disease.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2004|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|