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Title: Monitoring clusterin and fibrillar structures in aging and dementia
Author: Trindade, Dário
Cachide, Maria
Soares Martins, Tânia
Guedes, Sandra
Rosa, Ilka M.
da Cruz e Silva, Odete A.B.
Henriques, Ana Gabriela
Keywords: Clusterin
Alzheimer’s disease
Issue Date: Jun-2023
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: Objective: Clusterin is involved in a variety of physiological processes, including proteostasis. Several clusterin polymorphisms were associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, the world-leading cause of dementia. Herein, the effect of a clusterin polymorphism, aging and dementia in the levels of clusterin in human plasma were analysed in a primary care-based cohort, and the association of this chaperone with fibrillar structures discussed. Methods: 64 individuals with dementia (CDR 1) and 64 age- and sex-matched Controls from a Portuguese cohort were genotyped for CLU rs1136000 polymorphism, and the plasma levels of clusterin and fibrils were assessed. Results: An increased prevalence of the CC genotype was observed for the dementia group, although no significant robustness was achieved. CLU rs11136000 SNP did not significantly change plasma clusterin levels in demented individuals. Instead, clusterin levels decreased with aging and even more in individuals with dementia. Importantly, plasma clusterin levels correlated with the presence of fibrillar structures in Control individuals, but not in those with dementia. Conclusion: This study reveals a significant decrease in plasma clusterin in demented individuals with aging, which related to altered clusterin-fibrils dynamics. Potentially, plasma clusterin and its association with fibrillar structures can be used to monitor dementia progression along aging.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.nbas.2023.100080
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