Cerebral amyloid angiopathy: pathogenesis and effects on the ageing and Alzheimer brain


Weller, R.O. and Nicoll, J.A. (2003) Cerebral amyloid angiopathy: pathogenesis and effects on the ageing and Alzheimer brain. Neurological Research, 25, (6), 611-616. (doi:10.1179/016164103101202057).

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Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is a feature of ageing and Alzheimer's disease (AD); it is also associated with intracerebral hemorrhage and stroke. Here, the pathogenesis of CAA and its effects on the brain are reviewed and the possible effects of CAA on therapies for Alzheimer's disease are evaluated. Tracer experiments in animals and observations on human brains suggest that peptides such as Aβ are eliminated along the peri-arterial interstitial fluid drainage pathways that are effectively the lymphatics of the brain. In CAA, Aβ becomes entrapped in drainage pathways in the walls of cerebral arteries, reflecting a failure of elimination of Aβ from the ageing brain. One consequence of failure in clearance of Aβ is accumulation of soluble and insoluble Aβ associated with cognitive decline in AD. Replacement of vascular smooth muscle cells by Aβ occurs in severe CAA with weakening of artery walls and increased risk of vessel rupture and intracerebral hemorrhage. Risk factors for CAA include mutations of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) gene and possession of the epsi4 allele of apolipoprotein E. There is also evidence that cerebrovascular disease may be a factor in the failure of elimination of Abeta along perivascular pathways in sporadic AD; this would link ageing in cerebral arteries with the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. If therapeutic agents, including anti-Abeta antibodies, are to be used to eliminate Aβ in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, the effects of CAA on the treatment and the effects of the treatment on the CAA need to be considered.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0161-6412 (print)
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Keywords: cerebral amyloid angiopathy, Alzheimer's disease, cerebral hemorrhage, stroke, interstitial fluid, cerbrospinal fluid
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Clinical Neurosciences
ePrint ID: 27740
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:16
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/27740

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