Telomere length associations with cognition depend on Alzheimer's disease biomarkers.
Emily R Mahoney, Logan Dumitrescu, Mabel Seto, Kelly NH Nudelman, Rachel F Buckley, Katie A Gifford, Andrew J Saykin, Angela J Jefferson, Timothy J Hohman
Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions | Published : 2019
Introduction: While telomere shortening, a marker of cellular aging, may impact the progression of age-related neurodegenerative diseases, its association with cognition is unclear, particularly in the context of Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology. Methods: Telomere, cognitive, and CSF data from 482 participants in the AD Neuroimaging Initiative (148 cognitively normal, 283 mild cognitive impairment, 51 AD) was leveraged to assess telomere length associations with cognition (measured by memory and executive function) and interactions with CSF amyloid-β, tau, and APOE-ε4. Secondary analyses assessed brain volume and thickness outcomes. Results: Longer telomeres at baseline were associated wit..View full abstract