Wisse, Laura EM, Xie, Long, Lyu, Xueying, Das, Sandhitsu R., de Flores, Robin, Lane, Jacqueline, Yushkevich, Paul A., Wolk, David A., and Initiative, Disease Neuroimaging
Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association; Dec2022 Supplement 6, Vol. 18 Issue 6, p1-4, 4p
Background: Mild Cognitive Impairment with Suspected non‐Alzheimer's Pathophysiology (SNAP‐MCI) represents a group of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) like neurodegeneration without beta‐amyloid pathology. While this group likely has a heterogeneous etiology, tau pathology, as in Primary Age‐Related Tauopathy (PART), has been hypothesized to play a major role. We investigate tau positron emission tomography (PET) uptake in the medial temporal lobe (MTL) in SNAP‐MCI and the association of MTL Tau‐PET uptake with structural measures and delayed recall in beta‐amyloid negative (A‐) MCI patients. Method: 237 MCI patients and 301 A‐ controls with available beta‐amyloid and tau PET and magnetic resonance images (within 200 days) were included. Baseline hippocampal volume and entorhinal cortex (ERC) and Brodmann areas (BA)35 thickness were obtained using an in‐house developed pipeline and annualized atrophy rates were estimated in an unbiased fashion using follow‐up MRIs within 4.5 years. Βeta‐amyloid status (A+/‐) was determined by a standard cut‐off (Florbetapir: 1.11; Florbetaben: 1.08) and neurodegeneration status (N+/‐) by hippocampal volumes, corrected for intracranial volume, using the 90th percentile of A+ AD patients as the cut‐off. Tau‐PET standardized uptake value ratio (SUVR) in the ERC/BA35 was calculated. A composite z‐score of delayed recall at baseline and change over 2 years was obtained. Result: SNAP‐MCI had significantly higher ERC/BA35 Tau‐PET SUVR than A‐ controls (Table 1, corrected for age) and qualitatively higher than A‐N‐ MCI (p=0.10). ERC/BA35 Tau‐PET SUVR in A‐N‐ MCI was not significantly different from A‐ controls. In A‐ MCI patients, ERC/BA35 Tau‐PET SUVR was significantly associated with BA35 thickness and hippocampal, ERC and BA35 atrophy rates, corrected for beta‐amyloid PET SUVR (Table 2; Figure 1). MTL structural measures, but not ERC/BA35 Tau‐PET SUVR, were associated with cross‐sectional and longitudinal delayed recall measures (Table 3; Figure 2). Conclusion: SNAP‐MCI had elevated ERC/BA35 Tau‐PET SUVR and ERC/BA35 Tau‐PET SUVR was associated with MTL structural measures in A‐ MCI patients. This indicates that tau pathology might be an important driver of neurodegeneration in the absence of beta‐amyloid pathology, supporting the notion that PART contributes to SNAP‐MCI. Additionally, MTL structure was associated with memory performance, consistent with SNAP not being a benign condition. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Martinez, Vanessa A., Betts, Robin K., Scruth, Elizabeth A., Buckley, Jacqueline D., Cadiz, Vilma R., Bertrand, Linda D., Paulson, Shirley S., Dummett, Brian Alex, Abhyankar, Stella S., Reyes, Vivian M., Hatton, Joeffrey R., Sulit, Reynaldo, and Liu, Vincent X.