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DIAN TU Biomarker Core Validation Testing
To develop and validate a method of measuring biomarker kit lot variability and new lot acceptance criteria
To establish and verify our internal quality control (QC) process for assay plate and sample acceptance criteria
To test DIAN TU drug interference on the ability of the AlzBio3 assay to detect CSF tau and ptau181
To validate the DIAN TU internal CSF pools as suitable internal controls to be used for Incurred Sample Reanalysis (ISR) during the trial
Antibody Signature of Alzheimer's Disease
To confirm whether AD has a specific and reproducible antibody signature that can be used as diagnostic test
Confirm that patients with PSEN-1 mutations have an Alzheimer-type signature
Determine whether PSEN-2 and APP mutation carrieres have an Alzheimer signature
Determine whether Alzheimer signature is present before the onset of dementia in mutation carriers
plasma proteomic markers associated with CSF biomarkers in AD
correlate CSF biomarkers with 700 plasma proteins using sliding threshold analysis
validate discovery of CSF Abeta threshold obtained with samples from sporadic AD
assess effects of APOE
find thresholds for tau, ptau and correlate plasma proteins with cognitive function
Soluble TREM2 in autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s disease
Determine whether and how many years before the estimated time point of symptom onset (EYO), mutation carriers (MC) of autosomal dominant Alzheimerâs disease (ADAD) show altered cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and plasma levels of soluble TREM2 (sTREM2) compared to non-mutation carriers (NC).
Test whether differences in CSF and plasma levels of sTREM2 are associated with longitudinal changes in PIB-PET, FDG-PET, and structural MRI, rsfMRI, with other CSF biomarkers (AÃ42, T-tau, p-tau), clinical symptoms (MMSE, CDR-SOB) and cognitive performance (memory and executive functions).
Insulin and glucose levels in autosomal dominant Alzheimer's Disease
To measure fasting blood insulin and glucose levels in non-carriers, asymptomatic carriers, and symptomatic carriers
Relate alterations in insulin and glucose to biomarkers of AD pathology drawn from CSF, PET, and structural imaging
Identification of mutation-specific networks
To generate RNA-seq data from brain tissue from DIAN participants (mutation carriers and non-carriers)
To identify genes differentially expressed or spliced in mutation carriers vs LOAD, and vs controls
To identify gene and mutation-specific networks and pathways
Paul Thompson, Ph.D.
Growth factors, neuroinflammation, exercise, and brain integrity
Determine how ADAD and APOE genetic status influence inflammation markers homocysteine, TNFα, BDNF, IGF-1, VEGF, Complement Factor H, SOD1, IL-13, and CCL1 relate to brain volume.
Determine how our ROI volumes relate to measures of exercise and how growth factors and TNFα modulate any relationship between exercise and these ROIs
Effects of FAD PSEN1 mutations in mouse and human brains
To identify transcriptional alterations in sporadic and familial AD brains
In-vitro clinical trial with gamma-secretase modulators for the treatment of FAD carriers
Demonstration of target engagement for different FAD mutations
Evaluation of the effects of GSMs in human induced pluripotent stem cell in-vitro systems on downstream pathways affected in AD
Randall Bateman M.D.
Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer's Disease Protective Factor Study
To have tissue samples from at least 12 related family members analyzed by the Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine to look for any protective factor that may account for one family member not proceeding to signs of Alzheimer's Disease 15 years over the age of onset 50
To create and administer questionnaires to at least 12 family members looking for an "incidence", "factors such as environmental" etc that may explain the existance of a protective factor in one family member.