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OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between regional brain uptake of a novel amyloid positron emission tomography (PET) tracer florbetapir F 18 ([(18)F]-AV-45) and cognitive performance in a pilot study. DESIGN: Cross-sectional comparison of [(18)F]-AV-45 in AD patients versus controls. SETTING: Three specialty memory clinics. PARTICIPANTS: Eleven participants with probable Alzheimer disease (AD) by NINDS/ADRDA criteria and 15 healthy comparison (HC) participants. MEASUREMENTS: Participants underwent PET imaging following a 370 MBq (10 mCi) intravenous administration of [(18)F]-AV-45. Regional/cerebellar standardized uptake value ratios (SUVRs) were calculated. Cognition was assessed using Mini-Mental State Examination, Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive subscale (ADAS-Cog), Wechsler Logical Memory IA (immediate recall) test (LMIA), and verbal category fluency. RESULTS: Greater [(18)F]-AV-45 SUVR was associated with poorer performance on all cognitive tests. In the HC group, occipital, parietal, precuneus, temporal, and cortical average SUVR was associated with greater ADAS-Cog, and greater anterior cingulate SUVR was associated with lower LMIA. Two HC participants had [(18)F]-AV-45 cortical/cerebellar SUVR greater than 1.5, one of whom had deficits in episodic recall and on follow-up met criteria for amnestic mild cognitive impairment. CONCLUSION: [(18)F]-AV-45 SUVR in several brain regions was associated with worse global cognitive performance particularly in HC, suggesting its potential as a marker of preclinical AD.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.jagp.2012.11.016

Type

Journal

Am J Geriatr Psychiatry

Publication Date

03/2013

Volume

21

Pages

272 - 278

Keywords

Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Alzheimer Disease, Amyloid, Aniline Compounds, Biomarkers, Brain, Case-Control Studies, Cognition, Cognition Disorders, Ethylene Glycols, Female, Fluorine Radioisotopes, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Neuropsychological Tests, Pilot Projects, Positron-Emission Tomography