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Background: Platelets and neurons both contain large quantities of two carboxyl-truncated 120 to 130 and 110 kDa Alzheimer amyloid precursor proteins (APPs). Platelets taken from patients with AD have been reported to contain a reduced ratio of these APPs. Objective: To further study the AD specificity of reduced platelet APP ratios and to determine whether, after 3 years, cognitive losses in AD are accompanied by similarly reduced platelet APP ratios. Methods: To test the AD specificity of reduced platelet APP ratios, we quantitated these APPs in eight patients with PD and six patients with hemorrhagic stroke (HS). To determine whether further cognitive losses correlate with platelet APP ratio reductions in patients with AD, the authors re-examined platelet APPs and Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scores of 10 patients with AD and 11 controls, who were tested 3 years ago. APP ratios were determined by the average of six assays using Western blotting with m22C11 monoclonal antibody, enhanced chemoluminescence, and digital scanning of autoradiographs. Results: APP ratios were normal in the patients with PD and HS, further supporting the AD specificity of this assay. After 3 years, the MMSE scores and APP ratios of our control subjects changed by <4%. However, the average MMSE scores of our patients with AD declined from 16.4 to 8.3, and their average 120 to 130/110 kDa APP ratios declined from 5.8 to 3.6. The difference between AD and control APP ratios, with no overlap, is significant and the correlation between the 3-year decline in AD MMSE scores and reduced APP ratios (r = 0.69) was significant. Conclusions: Although the number of subjects analyzed was limited, reduced platelet APP ratios appear to be a specific biological marker of AD and a biological index of the severity of cognitive loss in AD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1907-1909
Number of pages3
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 23 2000


  • Alzheimer amyloid precursor protein
  • Mini-Mental State Examination
  • Platelets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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