CDK5RAP2 gene and tau pathophysiology in late-onset sporadic Alzheimer's disease.

TitleCDK5RAP2 gene and tau pathophysiology in late-onset sporadic Alzheimer's disease.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsMiron J, Picard C, Nilsson N, Frappier J, Dea D, Théroux L, Poirier J
Corporate AuthorsAlzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, United Kingdom Brain Expression Consortium
JournalAlzheimers Dement
Date Published2018 Jan 19

INTRODUCTION: Because currently known Alzheimer's disease (AD) single-nucleotide polymorphisms only account for a small fraction of the genetic variance in this disease, there is a need to identify new variants associated with AD.METHODS: Our team performed a genome-wide association study in the Quebec Founder Population isolate to identify novel protective or risk genetic factors for late-onset sporadic AD and examined the impact of these variants on gene expression and AD pathology.RESULTS: The rs10984186 variant is associated with an increased risk of developing AD and with a higher CDK5RAP2 mRNA prevalence in the hippocampus. On the other hand, the rs4837766 variant, which is among the best cis-expression quantitative trait loci in the CDK5RAP2 gene, is associated with lower mild cognitive impairment/AD risk and conversion rate.DISCUSSION: The rs10984186 risk and rs4837766 protective polymorphic variants of the CDK5RAP2 gene might act as potent genetic modifiers for AD risk and/or conversion by modulating the expression of this gene.

Alternate JournalAlzheimers Dement
PubMed ID29360470