Apolipoprotein E genotype influences spatial distribution of cerebral microbleeds

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Abstract

In cerebral amyloid angiopathy patients, microbleeds often cluster, mostly occipital, and are associated with apolipoprotein E (APOE) genotype. Microbleeds also frequently occur in the asymptomatic, general population. In this population, we investigated spatial distribution of microbleeds and whether this is influenced by APOE genotype. In 292 persons with microbleeds, we labeled microbleeds on baseline and follow-up magnetic resonance images. We calculated distance between incident and prevalent microbleeds within and between persons and performed lobar segmentation on the magnetic resonance images. Subsequently, we investigated proximity and lobar distribution in strata of APOE genotype. Microbleeds occurred closer within persons than between persons (-42.2 mm, 95% confidence interval, -44.6 to -39.9; p < 0.001). Microbleeds within APOE epsilon 2 and epsilon 4 carriers occurred closer than those in persons with epsilon 3 epsilon 3 genotype (-11.9 mm, 95% confidence interval, -24.4 to 0.6; p = 0.06). Persons with epsilon 2 and epsilon 4 alleles had a larger proportion of microbleeds in the occipital lobe than persons with epsilon 3 epsilon 3 genotype. Similar to cerebral amyloid angiopathy patients, microbleeds in the general population cluster and the distribution is affected by APOE genotype. (C) 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)899-905
Number of pages7
JournalNeurobiology of Aging
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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  • EMC NIHES-01-64-01
  • EMC NIHES-03-30-01
  • EMC NIHES-03-30-02
  • EMC NIHES-03-30-03

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