Plasma fetuin-A is associated with the severity of cognitive impairment in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease.
Edward R Smith, Ramin Nilforooshan, Gary Weaving, Naji Tabet
Journal of Alzheimer's Disease | Published : 2011
The significance of vascular risk factors in the development and progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is now widely recognized. Fetuin-A is an abundant plasma protein that predicts vascular risk in a variety of clinical settings. In the context of cerebral ischemia, fetuin-A appears to be anti-inflammatory. Given the apparent importance of neuroinflammation in cognitive decline, we analyzed fetuin-A concentrations and pro-inflammatory cytokine levels in a cohort of 34 patients with mild-to-moderate AD, and compared these to age-matched controls. Further, we analyzed the relationship between plasma fetuin-A concentration and a measure of cognitive impairment using multivariate regression m..View full abstract