Neurobiol Aging. 2014 Apr;35(4):802-7 doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2013.09.040. 2013 Oct 03.

Markers of cholesterol transport are associated with amyloid deposition in the brain

Hughes TM, Lopez OL, Evans RW, Kamboh MI, Williamson JD, Klunk WE, Mathis CA, Price JC, Cohen AD, Snitz BE, Dekosky ST, Kuller LH.


Cholesterol is implicated in the development of late-onset Alzheimer's disease (AD). We sought to determine the associations between beta amyloid (Aβ) plaque deposition in vivo using Pittsburgh compound B (PiB) and several indices of cholesterol homeostasis (i.e., total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides, apolipoprotein E (ApoE), clusterin, oxysterol metabolites of cholesterol, and previously reported genes associated with late-onset AD) in 175 nondemented elderly subjects. High Aβ deposition was associated significantly with a lower Mini-Mental State Examination score (

PMID: 24199960