Fine mapping of genetic variants in BIN1, CLU, CR1 and PICALM for association with cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease.

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Recent genome-wide association studies of Alzheimer's disease (AD) have identified variants in BIN1, CLU, CR1 and PICALM that show replicable association with risk for disease. We have thoroughly sampled common variation in these genes, genotyping 355 variants in over 600 individuals for whom measurements of two AD biomarkers, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) 42 amino acid amyloid beta fragments (Aβ(42)) and tau phosphorylated at threonine 181 (ptau(181)), have been obtained. Association analyses were performed to determine whether variants in BIN1, CLU, CR1 or PICALM are associated with changes in the CSF levels of these biomarkers. Despite adequate power to detect effects as small as a 1.05 fold difference, we have failed to detect evidence for association between SNPs in these genes and CSF Aβ(42) or ptau(181) levels in our sample. Our results suggest that these variants do not affect risk via a mechanism that results in a strong additive effect on CSF levels of Aβ(42) or ptau(181).

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Cited Authors

  • Kauwe, JSK; Cruchaga, C; Karch, CM; Sadler, B; Lee, M; Mayo, K; Latu, W; Su'a, M; Fagan, AM; Holtzman, DM; Morris, JC; Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, ; Goate, AM

Published Date

  • February 9, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 2

Start / End Page

  • e15918 -

PubMed ID

  • 21347408

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3036586

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1932-6203

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1371/journal.pone.0015918


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States