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Vol. 33, No. 4, 2012
Issue release date: July 2012
Section title: Original Research Article
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Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 2012;33:219–225

Plasma Methionine Sulfoxide in Persons with Familial Alzheimer’s Disease Mutations

Ringman J.M.a · Fithian A.T.a · Gylys K.a,b · Cummings J.L.a,f · Coppola G.a · Elashoff D.a,c · Pratico D.g · Moskovitz J.h · Bitan G.a,d,e
aMary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Department of Neurology, bSchool of Nursing, cDepartment of Medicine, dBrain Research Institute, and eMolecular Biology Institute, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif; fCleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas, Nev.; gTemple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., and hDepartment of Pharmacology and Toxicology School of Pharmacy, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kans., USA

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Background: Convergent evidence suggests that oxidative stress plays a central role in the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). We asked if consequently, oxidation of methionine residues to methionine sulfoxide (MetO) was increased in plasma proteins of persons carrying familial AD (FAD) mutations. Methods: Plasma was collected from 31 persons from families harboring PSEN1 or APP mutations. Using Western blot analysis with a novel anti-MetO polyclonal antibody, MetO levels were measured and compared between FAD mutation carriers (MCs) and non-mutation carrying (NCs) kin. Results: A MetO-positive 120-kDa gel band distinguished FAD MCs and NCs (mean 11.4 ± 2.8 vs. 4.0 ± 3.1, p = 0.02). In a subset of subjects for whom both measurements were available, MetO levels correlated well with plasma F2-isoprostane (r = 0.81, p < 0.001) and superoxide dismutase 1 (r = 0.52, p = 0.004) levels. Conclusion: Our data provide evidence for elevated MetO levels in persons carrying FAD mutations that correlate with other indices of oxidative stress and suggest that plasma oxidative stress markers may be useful for diagnosis of AD.

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Gal Bitan, PhD
David Geffe


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Accepted: March 30, 2012
Published online: May 14, 2012
Number of Print Pages : 7


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Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders

Vol. 33, No. 4, Year 2012 (Cover Date: July 2012)

Journal Editor: Chan-Palay V. (Boston, Mass.)
ISSN: 1420-8008 (Print), eISSN: 1421-9824 (Online)

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Accepted: 3/30/2012
Published online: 5/14/2012
Issue release date: July 2012

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 4
Number of Tables: 1

ISSN: 1420-8008 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9824 (Online)

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