OBJECTIVE: To determine whether cognitively intact adults with the APOE ε3/ε4 genotype show reduced gray matter density on voxel-based morphometry (VBM) vs those homozygous for the ε3 allele. METHODS: Participants were healthy, cognitively intact, right-handed adults, age 19 to 80, who completed genotyping, neuropsychological testing, and MRI. Forty-nine participants had the ε3/ε3 genotype and 27 had the ε3/ε4 genotype. Gray matter data were analyzed using the general linear model as implemented in the Statistical Parametric Mapping package, adjusting for age and sex. RESULTS: The ε3/ε4 participants showed lower gray matter density than the ε3/ε3 participants in right medial temporal and bilateral frontotemporal regions as well as other areas. There were no regions in which ε3/ε4 participants showed higher gray matter density than ε3/ε3 participants. CONCLUSIONS: Regionally reduced gray matter density is detectable in cognitively intact adults with a single copy of the APOE ε4 allele.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Oct 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology