Journal article

Morphologically distinct plaque types differentially affect dendritic structure and organisation in the early and late stages of Alzheimer's disease.

Paul A Adlard, James C Vickers

Acta Neuropathol | Published : 2002

Abstract

We have investigated the effects of the deposition of insoluble beta-amyloid plaques on dendritic morphology within the neocortex. Labelling for beta-amyloid identified three morphologically distinct plaque types present both within the brains of preclinical Alzheimer's disease (AD) and end-stage AD cases. In both preclinical and end-stage AD, the percentage area occupied by diffuse plaques contained a greater density of labelling for microtubule-associated protein-2 (MAP2) relative to the surrounding neuropil (case type, ratio of MAP2 labelling in plaque to MAP2 labelling in surrounding neuropil +/- SEM: preclinical, 1.27+/-0.04; end-stage, 1.32+/-0.05). In contrast, there was a greater den..

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