Possible association between genetic variability at the apolipoprotein(a) locus and Alzheimer's disease in apolipoprotein E2 carriers

Danielle Compton, Fabienne Wavrant DeVriéze, Ronald C. Petersen, Eric Tangalos, Ling Li, John Hardy

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Apolipoprotein(a) (Apo(a)) is a glycoprotein that is linked by a disulfide bond to apolipoprotein B on low density lipoprotein particles to form lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)). High plasma levels of Lp(a) are thought to contribute directly to the development of atherosclerosis. We tested a variant (T3888P) located in the Kringle-IV region of Apo(a) in a case-control series. Overall, there were no differences between case and controls. However, in the apoE2 positive subgroup, we noticed that the mutant allele is over-represented in the cases (P=0.005). We suggest that this polymorphism and others at the Apo(a) locus be further studied in relation to Alzheimer's disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-62
Number of pages3
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 4 2002



  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Apolipoprotein(a)
  • Apolipoprotein(a) locus
  • Cholesterol
  • Lipoprotein(a)
  • Polymorphisms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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