Cerebrospinal fluid levels of amyloid β-peptide1-42, but not tau have positive correlation with brain glucose metabolism in humans

Nobuyuki Okamura, Hiroyuki Arai, Makoto Higuchi, Manabu Tashiro, Toshifumi Matsui, Masatoshi Itoh, Takeshi Iwatsubo, Taisuke Tomita, Hidetada Sasaki

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To address the question of whether assay for cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels of amyloid β-peptide 1-42 (Aβ1-42) and tau allow us to monitor the neurodegenerative processes that lead to a progressive and massive death of neurons in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and non-AD patients, cerebral glucose metabolism using 2-[18F] fluoro-2-deoxy-glucose was quantified by positron emission tomography in fifteen AD patients and nine non-AD patients with defined levels of CSF-Aβ1-42 and CSF-tau. The CSF-Aβ1-42 levels, but not the CSF-tau levels, in both AD and non-AD patients consistently and significantly correlated with global and, in particular, temporal lobe glucose metabolism. Results from our study suggest that the CSF-Aβ1-42 levels may reflect residual brain function and help monitoring progression of dementing disorders. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-207
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Oct 8


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Amyloid β-peptide 1-42
  • Cerebral glucose metabolism
  • Cerebrospinal fluid
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Tau

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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