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Journal Cover Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
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  • Efficacy and safety of the compound Chinese medicine SaiLuoTong
           in vascular dementia: A randomized clinical trial

    • Authors: Jianping Jia; Cuibai Wei; Shuoqi Chen; Fangyu Li; Yi Tang; Wei Qin; Lu Shi; Min Gong; Hui Xu; Fang Li; Jia He; Haiqing Song; Shanshan Yang; Aihong Zhou; Fen Wang; Xiumei Zuo; Changbiao Chu; Junhua Liang; Longfei Jia; Serge Gauthier
      Pages: 108 - 117
      Abstract: Publication date: 2018
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions, Volume 4
      Author(s): Jianping Jia, Cuibai Wei, Shuoqi Chen, Fangyu Li, Yi Tang, Wei Qin, Lu Shi, Min Gong, Hui Xu, Fang Li, Jia He, Haiqing Song, Shanshan Yang, Aihong Zhou, Fen Wang, Xiumei Zuo, Changbiao Chu, Junhua Liang, Longfei Jia, Serge Gauthier
      Introduction No licensed medications are available to treat vascular dementia (VaD). Methods Patients were randomly assigned to experimental groups (SaiLuoTong [SLT] 360 or 240 mg for groups A and B for 52 weeks, respectively) or placebo group (SLT 360 mg and 240 mg for group C only from weeks 27 to 52, respectively). Results Three hundred twenty-five patients were included in final analysis. At week 26, the difference in VaD Assessment Scale–cognitive subscale scores was 2.67 (95% confidence interval, 1.54 to 3.81) for groups A versus C, and 2.48 (1.34 to 3.62) for groups B versus C (both P < .0001). However, at week 52, no difference was observed among the groups on the VaD Assessment Scale–cognitive subscale (P = .062) because of the emerging efficacy of SLT in placebo beginning at week 27. Discussion This study suggests that SLT is effective for treatment of VaD, and this compound Chinese medicine may represent a better choice to treat VaD.

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T15:00:55Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2018.02.004
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2018)
  • Virtual reality-based cognitive-motor training for middle-aged adults at
           high Alzheimer's disease risk: A randomized controlled trial

    • Authors: Glen M. Doniger; Michal Schnaider Beeri; Alex Bahar-Fuchs; Amihai Gottlieb; Anastasia Tkachov; Hagar Kenan; Abigail Livny; Yotam Bahat; Hadar Sharon; Oran Ben-Gal; Maya Cohen; Gabi Zeilig; Meir Plotnik
      Pages: 118 - 129
      Abstract: Publication date: 2018
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions, Volume 4
      Author(s): Glen M. Doniger, Michal Schnaider Beeri, Alex Bahar-Fuchs, Amihai Gottlieb, Anastasia Tkachov, Hagar Kenan, Abigail Livny, Yotam Bahat, Hadar Sharon, Oran Ben-Gal, Maya Cohen, Gabi Zeilig, Meir Plotnik
      Introduction Ubiquity of Alzheimer's disease (AD) coupled with relatively ineffectual pharmacologic treatments has spurred interest in nonpharmacologic lifestyle interventions for prevention or risk reduction. However, evidence of neuroplasticity notwithstanding, there are few scientifically rigorous, ecologically relevant brain training studies focused on building cognitive reserve in middle age to protect against cognitive decline. This pilot study will examine the ability of virtual reality (VR) cognitive training to improve cognition and cerebral blood flow (CBF) in middle-aged individuals at high AD risk due to parental history. Methods The design is an assessor-blind, parallel group, randomized controlled trial of VR cognitive-motor training in middle-aged adults with AD family history. The experimental group will be trained with adaptive “real-world” VR tasks targeting sustained and selective attention, working memory, covert rule deduction, and planning, while walking on a treadmill. One active control group will perform the VR tasks without treadmill walking; another will walk on a treadmill while watching scientific documentaries (nonspecific cognitive stimulation). A passive (waitlist) control group will not receive training. Training sessions will be 45 minutes, twice/week for 12 weeks. Primary outcomes are global cognition and CBF (from arterial spin labeling [ASL]) at baseline, immediately after training (training gain), and 3 months post-training (maintenance gain). We aim to recruit 125 participants, including 20 passive controls and 35 in the other groups. Discussion Current pharmacologic therapies are for symptomatic AD patients, whereas nonpharmacologic training is administrable before symptom onset. Emerging evidence suggests that cognitive training improves cognitive function. However, a more ecologically valid cognitive-motor VR setting that better mimics complex daily activities may augment transfer of trained skills. VR training has benefited clinical cohorts, but benefit in asymptomatic high-risk individuals is unknown. If effective, this trial may help define a prophylactic regimen for AD, adaptable for home-based application in high-risk individuals.

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T15:00:55Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2018.02.005
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2018)
  • Wishes and preferences for an online lifestyle program for brain
           health—A mixed methods study

    • Authors: Linda Maria Petronella Wesselman; Ann-Katrin Schild; Nina Coll-Padros; Wieke E. van der Borg; Judith H.P. Meurs; Astrid M. Hooghiemstra; Rosalinde E.R. Slot; Lena Sannemann; Lorena Rami; José Luis Molinuevo; Femke H. Bouwman; Frank Jessen; Wiesje M. van der Flier; Sietske A.M. Sikkes
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 9 April 2018
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Linda Maria Petronella Wesselman, Ann-Katrin Schild, Nina Coll-Padros, Wieke E. van der Borg, Judith H.P. Meurs, Astrid M. Hooghiemstra, Rosalinde E.R. Slot, Lena Sannemann, Lorena Rami, José Luis Molinuevo, Femke H. Bouwman, Frank Jessen, Wiesje M. van der Flier, Sietske A.M. Sikkes
      Introduction Individuals with subjective cognitive decline (SCD) are at increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and could benefit from a prevention strategy targeting lifestyle factors. Making a program available through the Internet gives a widespread reach at low cost, but suboptimal adherence is a major threat to effectiveness. As a first step in developing an online lifestyle program (OLP), we aimed to identify factors that are barriers and/or facilitators for the use of an OLP in individuals with SCD in three European countries. Methods As part of the Euro-SCD project, SCD subjects were recruited at memory clinics in the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain. We combined quantitative and qualitative methods, using a mixed methods approach. We conducted an online 18-item survey on the preferences of SCD patients for an OLP (N = 238). In addition, we held semi-structured interviews (N = 22) to gain in-depth understanding of factors acting as a facilitator and/or barrier for intended use of an OLP. Audio recordings were transcribed verbatim. Content analysis was performed. Results One hundred seventy-six individuals completed the survey (response rate 74%). Almost all participants regularly use the Internet (97%). Participants reported trustworthiness (93%), user-friendliness (91%), and up-to-date information (88%) as main facilitators, whereas having contact with other users (26%), needing an account (21%), and assignments (16%) were reported as barriers. Barriers differed slightly between countries, but facilitators were largely similar. In-depth interviews revealed that both program characteristics (e.g., trustworthiness, user-friendliness, and personalization) and personal factors (e.g., expectancy to receive negative feedback) are likely to influence the intended use of an OLP. Discussion Involving users provided in-depth understanding of factors associated with the intended use of an OLP for brain health. Both program characteristics and personal factors are likely to influence the use of an OLP. Based on this input from the end-users, we will develop an OLP for individuals with SCD.

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T15:00:55Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2018.03.003
  • “Text It” program to track falls in patients with Alzheimer's
           disease and dementia

    • Authors: Rebecca J. Kamil; Dara Bakar; Matthew Ehrenburg; Scott Frankenthaler; Eric X. Wei; Eric Anson; Esther Oh; Yuri Agrawal
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 7 April 2018
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Rebecca J. Kamil, Dara Bakar, Matthew Ehrenburg, Scott Frankenthaler, Eric X. Wei, Eric Anson, Esther Oh, Yuri Agrawal
      Introduction Falls are a significant problem among older adults with Alzheimer's disease, leading to high rates of fracture, hospitalization, and death. Tracking falls in older adults, particularly those with cognitive impairment, is a clinical and research challenge. Methods This prospective pilot study evaluated the feasibility of a text message program to track falls among patients with dementia. We also compared this technique with the calendar method of fall data collection. Results There was a 96% completion rate of text messaging and 100% of calendars; however, the text-gathered data were more accurate. Discussion A text-messaging platform to track falls shows promise in cognitively impaired individuals.

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T15:00:55Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2018.03.001
  • Effect of donepezil on transcranial magnetic stimulation parameters in
           Alzheimer's disease

    • Authors: Yun Tae Hwang; Lorenzo Rocchi; Paul Hammond; Chris JD. Hardy; Jason D. Warren; Basil H. Ridha; John Rothwell; Martin N. Rossor
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 March 2018
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Yun Tae Hwang, Lorenzo Rocchi, Paul Hammond, Chris JD. Hardy, Jason D. Warren, Basil H. Ridha, John Rothwell, Martin N. Rossor
      Introduction There is a need for a reliable, noninvasive biomarker for Alzheimer's disease (AD). We assessed whether short-latency afferent inhibition (SAI), a transcranial magnetic stimulation paradigm that assesses cholinergic circuits of the brain, could become such a biomarker. Methods Nineteen patients with AD underwent four SAI testing sessions. The timing of their usual donepezil dose was altered to create different cholinergic states for each session. This was compared to the SAI results from 20 healthy subjects. Results SAI was not able to distinguish the different cholinergic states assessed in our study. There appeared to be a diurnal variation in cholinergic function in the control group, which was not present in the AD cohort. Discussion SAI does not appear to have a role in diagnosis and assessment of AD patients. The loss of diurnal variation, however, warrants further investigation as it may provide further biochemical insights about AD.

      PubDate: 2018-03-07T10:18:52Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2018.02.001
  • Alzheimer's disease Archimedes condition-event simulator: Development and

    • Authors: Anuraag R. Kansal; Ali Tafazzoli; K. Jack Ishak; Stanmira Krotneva
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 February 2018
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Anuraag R. Kansal, Ali Tafazzoli, K. Jack Ishak, Stanmira Krotneva
      Introduction Several advances have been made in Alzheimer's Disease (AD) modeling, however, there remains a need for a simulator that represents the full scope of disease progression and can be used to study new disease-modifying treatments for early-stage and even prodromal AD. Methods We developed AD Archimedes condition-event simulator, a patient-level simulator with a focus on simulating the effects of early interventions through changes in biomarkers of AD. The simulator incorporates interconnected predictive equations derived from longitudinal data sets. Results The results of external validations on AD Archimedes condition-event simulator showed that it provides reasonable estimates once compared to literature results on transition to dementia AD, institutionalization, and mortality. A case study comparing a disease-modifying treatments and a symptomatic treatment also showcases the benefits of early treatment. Discussion The AD Archimedes condition-event simulator is designed to perform economic evaluation on various interventions through close tracking of disease progression and the related clinical outcomes.

      PubDate: 2018-02-17T07:15:41Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2018.01.001
  • Elevated phospholipase D isoform 1 in Alzheimer's disease patients'
           hippocampus: Relevance to synaptic dysfunction and memory deficits

    • Authors: Balaji Krishnan; Rakez Kayed; Giulio Taglialatela
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 14 February 2018
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Balaji Krishnan, Rakez Kayed, Giulio Taglialatela
      Introduction Phospholipase D (PLD), a lipolytic enzyme that breaks down membrane phospholipids, is also involved in signaling mechanisms downstream of seven transmembrane receptors. Abnormally elevated levels of PLD activity are well-established in Alzheimer's disease (AD), implicating the two isoforms of mammalian phosphatidylcholine cleaving PLD (PC-PLD1 and PC-PLD2). Therefore, we took a systematic approach of investigating isoform-specific expression in human synaptosomes and further investigated the possibility of therapeutic intervention using preclinical studies. Methods Synaptosomal Western blot analyses on the postmortem human hippocampus, temporal cortex, and frontal cortex of AD patient brains/age-matched controls and the 3XTg-AD mice hippocampus (mouse model with overexpression of human amyloid precursor protein, presenilin-1 gene, and microtubule-associated protein tau causing neuropathology progressing comparable to that in human AD patients) were used to detect the levels of neuronal PLD1 expression. Mouse hippocampal long-term potentiation of PLD1-dependent changes was studied using pharmacological approaches in ex vivo slice preparations from wild-type and transgenic mouse models. Finally, PLD1-dependent changes in novel object recognition memory were assessed following PLD1 inhibition. Results We observed elevated synaptosomal PLD1 in the hippocampus/temporal cortex from postmortem tissues of AD patients compared to age-matched controls and age-dependent hippocampal PLD1 increases in 3XTg-AD mice. PLD1 inhibition blocked effects of oligomeric amyloid β or toxic oligomeric tau species on high-frequency stimulation long-term potentiation and novel object recognition deficits in wild-type mice. Finally, PLD1 inhibition blocked long-term potentiation deficits normally observed in aging 3XTg-AD mice. Discussion Using human studies, we propose a novel role for PLD1-dependent signaling as a critical mechanism underlying oligomer-driven synaptic dysfunction and consequent memory disruption in AD. We, further, provide the first set of preclinical studies toward future therapeutics targeting PLD1 in slowing down/stopping the progression of AD-related memory deficits as a complementary approach to immunoscavenging clinical trials that are currently in progress.

      PubDate: 2018-02-17T07:15:41Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2018.01.002
  • Neuroprotective effect of a new photobiomodulation technique against
           Aβ25–35 peptide–induced toxicity in mice: Novel hypothesis for
           therapeutic approach of Alzheimer's disease suggested

    • Authors: Guillaume Blivet; Johann Meunier; Francois J. Roman; Jacques Touchon
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 February 2018
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Guillaume Blivet, Johann Meunier, Francois J. Roman, Jacques Touchon

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T20:12:30Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.12.003
  • A simulation study comparing slope model with mixed-model repeated measure
           to assess cognitive data in clinical trials of Alzheimer's disease

    • Authors: Yun-Fei Chen; Xiao Ni; Adam S. Fleisher; Wei Zhou; Paul Aisen; Richard Mohs
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 18 January 2018
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Yun-Fei Chen, Xiao Ni, Adam S. Fleisher, Wei Zhou, Paul Aisen, Richard Mohs
      Introduction In clinical trials of Alzheimer's disease, a mixed-model repeated measure approach often serves as the primary analysis when evaluating disease progression; a slope model may be secondary. Methods Longitudinal change from baseline (14-item version of Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale–Cognitive Subscale) was simulated for treatment/placebo from multivariate normal distributions with the variance-covariance matrix estimated from solanezumab trial data. Type I error, power, and bias were based on 18-month treatment contrast. Sample sizes included 500 and 1000 patients/arm. Results The slope model was more powerful in most scenarios. Mixed-model repeated measure was relatively unbiased in parameter estimation. The slope model yielded unbiased estimates whenever the underlying trajectory was not detectably different from linear. Both methods led to similar type I error. Discussion In clinical trials of Alzheimer's disease, mixed-model repeated measure analysis with relaxed assumptions on disease progression seems to be preferred. The slope model might be more powerful if the trajectory has little departure from linearity.

      PubDate: 2018-01-25T18:53:54Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.12.002
  • Translational inhibition of APP by Posiphen: Efficacy, pharmacodynamics,
           and pharmacokinetics in the APP/PS1 mouse

    • Authors: Andrew F. Teich; Ekta Sharma; Eliza Barnwell; Hong Zhang; Agnieszka Staniszewski; Tadanobu Utsuki; Vasudevaraju Padmaraju; Cheryl Mazell; Apostolia Tzekou; Kumar Sambamurti; Ottavio Arancio; Maria L. Maccecchini
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 18 January 2018
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Andrew F. Teich, Ekta Sharma, Eliza Barnwell, Hong Zhang, Agnieszka Staniszewski, Tadanobu Utsuki, Vasudevaraju Padmaraju, Cheryl Mazell, Apostolia Tzekou, Kumar Sambamurti, Ottavio Arancio, Maria L. Maccecchini
      Introduction Translational inhibition of amyloid precursor protein (APP) by Posiphen has been shown to reduce APP and its fragments in cell culture, animal models, and mildly cognitively impaired patients, making it a promising drug candidate for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Methods We used a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease (APP/presenilin-1) to examine Posiphen's efficacy, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics. Results Posiphen treatment normalized impairments in spatial working memory, contextual fear learning, and synaptic function in APP/presenilin-1 mice, without affecting their visual acuity, motor skills, or motivation and without affecting wild-type mice. Posiphen had a prolonged effect in reducing APP and all related peptides for at least 9 hours after the last dose. Its concentration was higher in the brain than in plasma, and the most abundant metabolite was N8-norPosiphen. Discussion This is the first study demonstrating the therapeutic efficacy of inhibiting the translation of APP and its fragments in an Alzheimer's disease model.

      PubDate: 2018-01-25T18:53:54Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.12.001
  • Tangled tau: Active pathology or footprint of disease'

    • Authors: James P. Higham
      Pages: 658 - 659
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions, Volume 3, Issue 4
      Author(s): James P. Higham

      PubDate: 2017-12-10T12:40:25Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.10.007
  • Person-centered care for older people with dementia in the acute hospital

    • Authors: Felicia Hui En Tay; Claire L. Thompson; Chih Ming Nieh; Chih Chiang Nieh; Hui Mien Koh; Jessie Joon Cheen Tan; Philip Lin Kiat Yap
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 December 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Felicia Hui En Tay, Claire L. Thompson, Chih Ming Nieh, Chih Chiang Nieh, Hui Mien Koh, Jessie Joon Cheen Tan, Philip Lin Kiat Yap
      Introduction Patients with dementia (PWDs) are often subjected to enforced dependency and experience functional decline and emotional distress during hospital stay. Person-centered care (PCC) with specialized psychosocial interventions, minimally obtrusive medical care, and physical restraints-free practice holds potential to improve patient outcomes. We evaluate the effectiveness of an acute hospital dementia unit (Care for Acute Mentally Infirm Elders [CAMIE]) that adopts a PCC protocol. Methods Prospective naturalistic cohort study whereby PWDs in the CAMIE unit (n = 170) were compared with a control group in usual care wards (n = 60) over 6 months. Assessments included patient demographics, dementia type and stage, comorbidities (Charlson's Comorbidity Index), acute illness severity, Well-Being, Ill-Being, functional status (Modified Barthel Index), agitation levels (Pittsburgh Agitation Scale), and quality of life (EuroQoL), assessed on admission and discharge. Multivariate analysis of covariance examined the effect of CAMIE versus usual care on pre-post outcomes. Results CAMIE patients showed statistically significant greater gains in Modified Barthel Index function and Well-Being, decreased Ill-Being and agitation, and greater improvement in EuroQoL index score (effect size: Δ = 0.18) after adjusting for baseline differences that translated to a quality-adjusted life years gain of 0.045, assuming stability over 3 months. Estimating added cost of CAMIE stay over usual care at SGD 1500 (USD 1040) for average length of stay of 15 days per patient, the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio fell within the threshold for cost-effectiveness at USD 23,111. Discussion PCC for PWDs in acute hospitals not only improves clinical outcomes for patients but is also cost-effective. The results support the adoption of PCC on a wider scale for better care of PWDs.

      PubDate: 2017-12-10T12:40:25Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.11.003
  • Feasibility and efficacy data from a ketogenic diet intervention in
           Alzheimer's disease

    • Authors: Matthew K. Taylor; Debra K. Sullivan; Jonathan D. Mahnken; Jeffrey M. Burns; Russell H. Swerdlow
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 December 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Matthew K. Taylor, Debra K. Sullivan, Jonathan D. Mahnken, Jeffrey M. Burns, Russell H. Swerdlow
      Introduction We assessed the feasibility and cognitive effects of a ketogenic diet (KD) in participants with Alzheimer's disease. Methods The Ketogenic Diet Retention and Feasibility Trial featured a 3-month, medium-chain triglyceride–supplemented KD followed by a 1-month washout in clinical dementia rating (CDR) 0.5, 1, and 2 participants. We obtained urine acetoacetate, serum β-hydroxybutyrate, food record, and safety data. We administered the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale-cognitive subscale and Mini–Mental State Examination before the KD, and following the intervention and washout. Results We enrolled seven CDR 0.5, four CDR 1, and four CDR 2 participants. One CDR 0.5 and all CDR 2 participants withdrew citing caregiver burden. The 10 completers achieved ketosis. Most adverse events were of medium-chain triglyceride–related. Among the completers, the mean of the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale-cognitive subscale score improved by 4.1 points during the diet (P = .02) and reverted to baseline after the washout. Conclusion This pilot trial justifies KD studies in mild Alzheimer's disease.

      PubDate: 2017-12-10T12:40:25Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.11.002
  • Unmasking the benefits of donepezil via psychometrically precise
           identification of mild cognitive impairment: A secondary analysis of the
           ADCS vitamin E and donepezil in MCI study

    • Authors: Emily C. Edmonds; M. Colin Ard; Steven D. Edland; Douglas R. Galasko; David P. Salmon; Mark W. Bondi
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 December 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Emily C. Edmonds, M. Colin Ard, Steven D. Edland, Douglas R. Galasko, David P. Salmon, Mark W. Bondi
      Introduction Criteria for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) used in many clinical trials are susceptible to “false-positive (FP)” errors that can be avoided by an “actuarial” psychometric approach. Methods Cluster analysis was applied to baseline neuropsychological test data from 756 MCI participants in the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study donepezil trial. Treatment groups were compared after “FP” MCI cases were removed. Results Cluster analyses revealed three groups: “single-domain amnestic MCI” (31%), “multidomain amnestic MCI” (39%), and “FP MCI” (30%). After removing FP MCI cases, the donepezil treatment group had a lower rate of progression to Alzheimer's disease and better performance on cognitive tests than the placebo/vitamin E group. Discussion Removal of “FP” MCI diagnoses unmasked beneficial effects of donepezil, despite a 30% reduction in sample size. MCI subject selection based on actuarial methods with comprehensive neuropsychological test data can result in more efficient clinical trials and improved ability to detect treatment effects.

      PubDate: 2017-12-10T12:40:25Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.11.001
  • Drug discovery and development: Role of basic biological research

    • Authors: Richard C. Mohs; Nigel H. Greig
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 11 November 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Richard C. Mohs, Nigel H. Greig
      This article provides a brief overview of the processes of drug discovery and development. Our aim is to help scientists whose research may be relevant to drug discovery and/or development to frame their research report in a way that appropriately places their findings within the drug discovery and development process and thereby support effective translation of preclinical research to humans. One overall theme of our article is that the process is sufficiently long, complex, and expensive so that many biological targets must be considered for every new medicine eventually approved for clinical use and new research tools may be needed to investigate each new target. Studies that contribute to solving any of the many scientific and operational issues involved in the development process can improve the efficiency of the process. An awareness of these issues allows the early implementation of measures to increase the opportunity for success. As editors of the journal, we encourage submission of research reports that provide data relevant to the issues presented.

      PubDate: 2017-11-12T08:26:12Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.10.005
  • Optimizing the preclinical Alzheimer's cognitive composite with semantic
           processing: The PACC5

    • Authors: Kathryn V. Papp; Dorene M. Rentz; Irina Orlovsky; Reisa A. Sperling; Elizabeth C. Mormino
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 November 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Kathryn V. Papp, Dorene M. Rentz, Irina Orlovsky, Reisa A. Sperling, Elizabeth C. Mormino
      Introduction Amyloid-related decline in semantic memory was recently shown to be observable in the preclinical period of Alzheimer's disease. Cognitive composites designed to be sensitive to cognitive change in preclinical Alzheimer's disease (e.g., preclinical Alzheimer's cognitive composite [PACC]) and currently used in secondary prevention trials do not currently integrate measures of semantic processing. Our objective was to determine whether a standard semantic measure (i.e., category fluency [CAT] to animals, fruits, and vegetables) adds independent information above and beyond Aβ-related decline captured by the PACC. Methods Clinically normal older adults from the Harvard Aging Brain Study were identified at baseline as Aβ+ (n = 70) or Aβ− (n = 209) using Pittsburgh compound B–positron emission tomography imaging and followed annually with neuropsychological testing for 3.87 ± 1.09 years. The relationships between PACC, CAT, and variations of the PACC including/excluding CAT were examined using linear mixed models controlling for age, sex, and education. We additionally examined decline on CAT by further grouping Aβ+ participants into preclinical stage 1 and stage 2 on the basis of neurodegeneration markers. Results CAT explained unique variance in amyloid-related decline, with Aβ+'s continuing to decline relative to Aβ−'s in CAT even after controlling for overall PACC decline. In addition, removal of CAT from the PACC resulted in a longitudinal Aβ+/− effect size reduction of 20% at 3-year follow-up and 12% at 5-year follow-up. Finally, both stage 1 and stage 2 participants declined on CAT in comparison with stage 0, suggesting CAT declines early within the preclinical trajectory. Conclusion Addition of CAT to the PACC provides unique information about early cognitive decline not currently captured by the episodic memory, executive function, and global cognition components and may therefore improve detection of early Aβ-related cognitive decline.

      PubDate: 2017-11-12T08:26:12Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.10.004
  • Computerized cognitive training for older diabetic adults at risk of
           dementia: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

    • Authors: Rachel Bloom; Michal Schnaider-Beeri; Ramit Ravona-Springer; Anthony Heymann; Dabush Hai; Lior Bar; Shirel Slater; Yuri Rassovsky; Alex Bahar-Fuchs
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 November 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Rachel Bloom, Michal Schnaider-Beeri, Ramit Ravona-Springer, Anthony Heymann, Dabush Hai, Lior Bar, Shirel Slater, Yuri Rassovsky, Alex Bahar-Fuchs
      Background Older adults with type 2 diabetes are at high risk of cognitive decline and dementia and form an important target group for dementia risk reduction studies. Despite evidence that computerized cognitive training (CCT) may benefit cognitive performance in cognitively healthy older adults and those with mild cognitive impairment, whether CCT may benefit cognitive performance or improve disease self-management in older diabetic adults has not been studied to date. In addition, whether adaptive difficulty levels and tailoring of interventions to individuals' cognitive profile are superior to generic training remains to be established. Method Ninety community-dwelling older (age ≥ 65) diabetic adults are recruited and randomized into a tailored and adaptive computerized cognitive training condition or to a generic, nontailored, or adaptive CCT condition. Both groups complete an 8-week training program using the commercially available CogniFit program. The intervention is augmented by a range of behavior-change techniques, and participants in each condition are further randomized into a global or cognition-specific phone-based self-efficacy (SE) condition, or a no-SE condition. The primary outcome is global cognitive performance immediately after the intervention. Secondary outcomes include diabetes self-management, meta-memory, mood, and SE. Discussion This pilot study is the first trial evaluating the potential benefits of home-based tailored and adaptive CCT in relation to cognitive and disease self-management in older diabetic adults. Methodological strengths of this trial include the double-blind design, the clear identification of the proposed active ingredients of the intervention, and the use of evidence-based behavior-change techniques. Results from this study will indicate whether CCT has the potential to lower the risk of diabetes-related cognitive decline. The outcomes of the trial will also advance our understanding of essential intervention parameters required to improve or maintain cognitive function and enhance disease self-management in this at-risk group.

      PubDate: 2017-11-12T08:26:12Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.10.003
  • A randomized, exploratory molecular imaging study targeting amyloid beta
           with a novel 8-OH quinoline in Alzheimer's disease (The PBT2-204 IMAGINE

    • Authors: V.L. Villemagne; C.C. Rowe; K.J. Barnham; R. Cherny; M. Woodward; S. Bozinosvski; O. Salvado; P. Bourgeat; K. Perez; C. Fowler; A. Rembach; P. Maruff; C. Ritchie; R. Tanzi; C.L. Masters
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 9 November 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): V.L. Villemagne, C.C. Rowe, K.J. Barnham, R. Cherny, M. Woodward, S. Bozinosvski, O. Salvado, P. Bourgeat, K. Perez, C. Fowler, A. Rembach, P. Maruff, C. Ritchie, R. Tanzi, C.L. Masters
      Introduction We are developing a second generation 8-OH quinoline (2-(dimethylamino) methyl-5, 7-dichloro-8-hydroxyquinoline [PBT2, Prana Biotechnology]) for targeting amyloid beta (Aβ) in Alzheimer's disease (AD). In an earlier phase IIa, 3 month trial, PBT2 lowered CSF Aβ by 13% and improved cognition (executive function) in a dose-related fashion in early AD. We, therefore, sought to learn whether PBT2 could alter the Aβ-PET signal in subjects with prodromal or mild AD, in an exploratory randomized study over a 12-month phase in a double-blind and a 12-month open label extension phase trial design. Methods For inclusion, the usual clinical criteria for prodromal or probable AD, Mini–Mental State Examination ≥20, and global Pittsburgh compound B (PiB)-PET standardized uptake volume ratio (SUVR) >1.7 were used. As this was an exploratory study, we included contemporaneous matched control data from the Australian Imaging Biomarker and Lifestyle Study (AIBL). Other measures included FDG-PET, magnetic resonance imaging volumetrics, blood Aβ biomarkers, and cognition and function. Results Forty subjects completed the first 12-month double-blind phase (placebo = 15, PBT2 = 25), and 27 subjects completed the 12-month open label extension phase (placebo = 11, PBT2 = 16). Overall, PTB2 250 mg/day was safe and well tolerated. The mean PiB-PET SUVR at baseline was 2.51 ± 0.59. After adjusting for baseline SUVR, in the double-blind phase, the placebo group showed a nonsignificant decline in PiB-PET SUVR, whereas the PBT2 group declined significantly (P = .048). Subjects who did not enter or complete the extension study had a significantly higher 12-month Aβ-PET SUVR (2.68 ± 0.55) compared with those who completed (2.29 ± 0.48). Both groups differed significantly from the rate of change over 12 months in the AIBL control group. In the open label 12-month exclusion study, the PiB-SUVR stabilized. There were no significant differences between PBT2 and controls in FDG-PET, magnetic resonance imaging volumetrics, blood Aβ biomarkers, or cognition/function over the course of the double-blind phase. Discussion There was no significant difference between PBT2 and controls at 12 months, likely due to the large individual variances over a relatively small number of subjects. PBT2 was associated with a significant 3% PiB-PET SUVR decline in the double-blind phase and a stabilization of SUVR in the open-label phase. From this exploratory study, we have learned that the entry criterion of SUVR should have been set at ≥ 1.5 and <2.0, where we know from the AIBL study that subjects in this band are accumulating Aβ in a linear fashion and that subjects who withdrew from this type of study have much higher SUVRs, which if not taken into account, could distort the final results. Because of large individual variations in SUVR, future studies of PBT2 will require larger numbers of subjects (n > 90 per arm) over a longer period (18 months or more). Further evaluation of higher doses of PBT2 in earlier stages of AD is warranted. Trial Registration ACTRN 12611001008910 and ACTRN 12613000777796.

      PubDate: 2017-11-12T08:26:12Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.10.001
  • Protective effect of antirheumatic drugs on dementia in rheumatoid
           arthritis patients

    • Authors: Andy Judge; Cesar Garriga; Nigel K. Arden; Simon Lovestone; Dani Prieto-Alhambra; Cyrus Cooper; Christopher J. Edwards
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 9 November 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Andy Judge, Cesar Garriga, Nigel K. Arden, Simon Lovestone, Dani Prieto-Alhambra, Cyrus Cooper, Christopher J. Edwards
      Introduction Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic inflammatory disease, and classical disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (cDMARDs) have proven efficacy. It is unknown what impact cDMARDs might have on dementia as an outcome. Methods Incident diagnoses of rheumatoid arthritis in persons over 18 years from 1995 to 2011 were identified from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink. There were 3876 cDMARD users and were propensity score matched to 1938 nonusers, on a wide range of confounders. Impact on dementia was assessed using survival models. Results cDMARD users were at reduced risk of dementia (hazard ratio: 0.60; 95% confidence interval: 0.42–0.85). The effect was strongest in methotrexate users (hazard ratio: 0.52; 95% confidence interval; 0.34–0.82). Discussion The strong effect of cDMARD use on halving of dementia risk requires replication in a trial and may provide an important therapeutic pharmacological treatment.

      PubDate: 2017-11-12T08:26:12Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.10.002
  • Speed of processing training results in lower risk of dementia

    • Authors: Jerri D. Edwards; Huiping Xu; Daniel O. Clark; Lin T. Guey; Lesley A. Ross; Frederick W. Unverzagt
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 7 November 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Jerri D. Edwards, Huiping Xu, Daniel O. Clark, Lin T. Guey, Lesley A. Ross, Frederick W. Unverzagt
      Introduction Cognitive training improves cognitive performance and delays functional impairment, but its effects on dementia are not known. We examined whether three different types of cognitive training lowered the risk of dementia across 10 years of follow-up relative to control and if greater number of training sessions attended was associated with lower dementia risk. Methods The Advanced Cognitive Training in Vital Elderly (NCT00298558) study was a randomized controlled trial (N = 2802) among initially healthy older adults, which examined the efficacy of three cognitive training programs (memory, reasoning, or speed of processing) relative to a no-contact control condition. Up to 10 training sessions were delivered over 6 weeks with up to four sessions of booster training delivered at 11 months and a second set of up to four booster sessions at 35 months. Outcome assessments were taken immediately after intervention and at intervals over 10 years. Dementia was defined using a combination of interview- and performance-based methods. Results A total of 260 cases of dementia were identified during the follow-up. Speed training resulted in reduced risk of dementia (hazard ratio [HR] 0.71, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.50–0.998, P = .049) compared to control, but memory and reasoning training did not (HR 0.79, 95% CI 0.57–1.11, P = .177 and HR 0.79, 95% CI 0.56–1.10, P = .163, respectively). Each additional speed training session was associated with a 10% lower hazard for dementia (unadjusted HR, 0.90; 95% CI, 0.85–0.95, P < .001). Discussion Initially, healthy older adults randomized to speed of processing cognitive training had a 29% reduction in their risk of dementia after 10 years of follow-up compared to the untreated control group.

      PubDate: 2017-11-12T08:26:12Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.09.002
  • Traumatic exposures, posttraumatic stress disorder, and cognitive
           functioning in World Trade Center responders

    • Authors: Sean Clouston; Robert H. Pietrzak; Roman Kotov; Marcus Richards; Avron Spiro; Stacey Scott; Yael Deri; Soumyadeep Mukherjee; Candace Stewart; Evelyn Bromet; Benjamin J. Luft
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 October 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Sean Clouston, Robert H. Pietrzak, Roman Kotov, Marcus Richards, Avron Spiro, Stacey Scott, Yael Deri, Soumyadeep Mukherjee, Candace Stewart, Evelyn Bromet, Benjamin J. Luft
      Introduction This study examined whether World Trade Center (WTC)-related exposures and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were associated with cognitive function and whether WTC responders' cognition differed from normative data. Methods A computer-assisted neuropsychological battery was administered to a prospective cohort study of 1193 WTC responders with no history of stroke or WTC-related head injuries. Data were linked to information collected prospectively since 2002. Sample averages were compared to published norms. Results Approximately 14.8% of sampled responders had cognitive dysfunction. WTC responders had worse cognitive function compared to normative data. PTSD symptom severity and working >5 weeks on-site was associated with lower cognition. Discussion Results from this sample highlight the potential for WTC responders to be experiencing an increased burden of cognitive dysfunction and linked lowered cognitive functioning to physical exposures and to PTSD. Future research is warranted to understand the extent to which cognitive dysfunction is evident in neural dysfunction.

      PubDate: 2017-10-29T07:36:55Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.09.001
  • Study protocol of the Intense Physical Activity and Cognition study: The
           effect of high-intensity exercise training on cognitive function in older

    • Authors: Belinda M. Brown; Stephanie R. Rainey-Smith; Natalie Castalanelli; Nicole Gordon; Shaun Markovic; Hamid R. Sohrabi; Michael Weinborn; Simon M. Laws; James Doecke; Kaikai Shen; Ralph N. Martins; Jeremiah J. Peiffer
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 October 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Belinda M. Brown, Stephanie R. Rainey-Smith, Natalie Castalanelli, Nicole Gordon, Shaun Markovic, Hamid R. Sohrabi, Michael Weinborn, Simon M. Laws, James Doecke, Kaikai Shen, Ralph N. Martins, Jeremiah J. Peiffer
      Inconsistent results from previous studies of exercise and cognitive function suggest that rigorously designed randomized controlled trials are urgently needed. Here, we describe the design of the Intense Physical Activity and Cognition (IPAC) study, which will assess the impact of a 6-month high-intensity exercise intervention on cognitive function and biomarkers of dementia risk, compared with a 6-month moderate-intensity exercise intervention and control group (no study-related exercise). One-hundred and five cognitively healthy men and women aged between 60 and 80 years are randomized into a high-intensity exercise, moderate-intensity exercise, or control group. Individuals randomized to an exercise intervention undertake 6 months of cycle-based exercise twice a week, at 50 minutes per session. All participants undergo comprehensive neuropsychological testing, blood sampling, brain magnetic resonance imaging, fitness testing, and a body composition scan at baseline, 6 months (immediately after intervention), and 18 months (12 months after intervention). The IPAC study takes a multidisciplinary approach to investigating the role of exercise in maintaining a healthy brain throughout aging. Rigorous monitoring of exertion and adherence throughout the intervention, combined with repeated measures of fitness, is vital in ensuring an optimum exercise dose is reached. Results from the IPAC study will be used to inform a large-scale multicentre randomized controlled trial, with the ultimate aim of pinpointing the frequency, duration, and intensity of exercise that provides the most benefit to the brain, in terms of enhancing cognitive function and reducing dementia risk in older adults.

      PubDate: 2017-10-29T07:36:55Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.09.003
  • Guide to enable health charities to increase recruitment to clinical
           trials on dementia

    • Authors: Larry W. Chambers; Megan Harris; Elizabeth Lusk; Debbie Benczkowski
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 27 September 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Larry W. Chambers, Megan Harris, Elizabeth Lusk, Debbie Benczkowski
      Introduction The Alzheimer Society embarked on a project to improve ways that the 60 provincial and local Societies in Canada can work with local researchers to support recruitment of volunteers to clinical trials and studies. A Guide to assist these offices was produced to design ethical recruitment of research volunteers within their client populations. Methods Consultations with individuals from provincial and local Societies, as well as researchers and leaders from health-related organizations, were conducted to identify in what ways these organizations are involved in study volunteer recruitment, what is and is not working, and what would be helpful to support future efforts. The Guide prototype used scenarios to illustrate study volunteer recruitment practices as they have been or could be applied in Societies. An implementable version of the Guide was produced with input from multiple internal and external reviewers including subject-matter experts and target users from Societies. Results Society staff reported that benefits of using the Guide were that it served as a catalyst for conversation and reflection and identified the need for a policy. Also, it enabled Society readiness to respond to requests by persons with dementia and their caregivers wishing to participate in research. A majority (94%) of participating Society staff across Canada agreed that they would increase their capacity to support research recruitment. Discussion Charitable organizations that raise funds for research have a role in promoting the recruitment of persons with dementia and their caregivers into clinical trials and studies. The Guide was produced to facilitate organizational change to both create a positive culture regarding research as well as practical solutions that can help organizations achieve this goal.

      PubDate: 2017-09-30T08:25:01Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.08.008
  • Proton pump inhibitors and the risk of severe cognitive impairment:
           The role of posttraumatic stress disorder

    • Authors: Sean A.P. Clouston; Oren Shapira; Roman Kotov; Lan Lei; Monika Waszczuk; Evelyn J. Bromet; Benjamin J. Luft
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 23 September 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Sean A.P. Clouston, Oren Shapira, Roman Kotov, Lan Lei, Monika Waszczuk, Evelyn J. Bromet, Benjamin J. Luft
      Introduction Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a common treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease, were recently associated with increased risk of dementia. However, severe or chronic stress including, for example, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was not accounted for. This study examined whether PPI use was associated with severe cognitive impairment (SCI) and whether PTSD explained this association in a cohort of World Trade Center (WTC) responders. Method A prospective cohort study of 3779 WTC responders attending a university-based monitoring and treatment program. Prescriptions for PPIs and SCI determined using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment were the focus of the analysis. Results Overall, 1451 (38.4%) responders were dispensed PPIs, and 83 (2.2%) had SCI. Bivariable analyses revealed significant associations between being-dispensed PPIs in relation to SCI. After adjusting for PTSD, major depressive disorder, WTC exposures, age, and sex, being-dispensed PPIs were significantly associated with odds of SCI (adjusted odds ratio = 1.67 95% confidence interval = 1.054–2.643). Conclusions Being-dispensed PPIs were associated with SCI in this analysis of WTC responders. Results suggest that clinicians treating gastroesophageal reflux disease may seek to both understand patients' mental health history and monitor cognitive functioning when designing treatment routines. Overall, results confirmed that this is an important area of investigation with potential direct clinical implications.

      PubDate: 2017-09-24T05:28:27Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.08.007
  • Potential implications of practice effects in Alzheimer prevention trials

    • Authors: Diane M. Jacobs; M. Colin Ard; David P. Salmon; Douglas R. Galasko; Mark W. Bondi; Steven D. Edland
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 September 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Diane M. Jacobs, M. Colin Ard, David P. Salmon, Douglas R. Galasko, Mark W. Bondi, Steven D. Edland
      Introduction Practice effects (PEs) present a potential confound in clinical trials with cognitive outcomes. A single-blind placebo run-in design, with repeated cognitive outcome assessments before randomization to treatment, can minimize effects of practice on trial outcome. Methods We investigated the potential implications of PEs in Alzheimer's disease prevention trials using placebo arm data from the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study donepezil/vitamin E trial in mild cognitive impairment. Frequent ADAS-Cog measurements early in the trial allowed us to compare two competing trial designs: a 19-month trial with randomization after initial assessment, versus a 15-month trial with a 4-month single-blind placebo run-in and randomization after the second administration of the ADAS-Cog. Standard power calculations assuming a mixed-model repeated-measure analysis plan were used to calculate sample size requirements for a hypothetical future trial designed to detect a 50% slowing of cognitive decline. Results On average, ADAS-Cog 13 scores improved at first follow-up, consistent with a PE and progressively worsened thereafter. The observed change for a 19-month trial (1.18 points) was substantively smaller than that for a 15-month trial with 4-month run-in (1.79 points). To detect a 50% slowing in progression under the standard design (i.e., a 0.59 point slowing), a future trial would require 3.4 times more subjects than would be required to detect the comparable percent slowing (i.e., 0.90 points) with the run-in design. Discussion Assuming the improvement at first follow-up observed in this trial represents PEs, the rate of change from the second assessment forward is a more accurate representation of symptom progression in this population and is the appropriate reference point for describing treatment effects characterized as percent slowing of symptom progression; failure to accommodate this leads to an oversized clinical trial. We conclude that PEs are an important potential consideration when planning future trials.

      PubDate: 2017-09-24T05:28:27Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.08.010
  • Toward common mechanisms for risk factors in Alzheimer's syndrome

    • Authors: Miguel Medina; Zaven S. Khachaturian; Martin Rossor; Jesús Avila; Angel Cedazo-Minguez
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 September 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Miguel Medina, Zaven S. Khachaturian, Martin Rossor, Jesús Avila, Angel Cedazo-Minguez
      The global strategic goal of reducing health care cost, especially the prospects for massive increases due to expanding markets for health care services demanded by aging populations and/or people with a wide range of chronic disorders-disabilities, is a complex and formidable challenge with many facets. Current projections predict marked increases in the demand for health driven by both the exponential climb in the prevalence of chronic disabilities and the increases in the absolute numbers of people in need of some form of health care. Thus, the looming predicament for the economics of health care systems worldwide mandates the formulation of a strategic goal to foster significant expansion of global R&D efforts to discover and develop wide-ranging interventions to delay and/or prevent the onset of chronic disabling conditions. The rationale for adopting such a tactical objective is based on the premise that the costs and prevalence of chronic disabling conditions will be reduced by half even if a modest delay of 5 years in the onset of disability is obtained by a highly focused multinational research initiative. Because of the recent history of many failures in drug trials, the central thesis of this paper is to argue for the exploration-adoption of novel mechanistic ideas, theories, and paradigms for developing wide range and/or types of interventions. Although the primary focus of our discussion has been on biological approaches to therapy, we recognize the importance of emerging knowledge on nonpharmacological interventions and their potential impact in reducing health care costs. Although we may not find a drug to cure or prevent dementia for a long time, research is starting to demonstrate the potential contributes of nonpharmacological interventions toward the economics of health care in terms of rehabilitation, promoting autonomy, and potential to delay institutionalization, thus promoting healthy aging and reductions in the cost of care.

      PubDate: 2017-09-24T05:28:27Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.08.009
  • Biomathematical screening of amyloid positron emission tomography
           radiotracers with clinical usefulness index

    • Authors: Ying-Hwey Nai; Miho Shidahara; Chie Seki; Hiroshi Watabe
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 September 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Ying-Hwey Nai, Miho Shidahara, Chie Seki, Hiroshi Watabe
      Introduction To facilitate radiotracers' development, a screening methodology using a biomathematical model and clinical usefulness index (CUI) was proposed to evaluate radiotracers' diagnostic capabilities. Methods A total of 31 amyloid positron emission tomography radiotracers were evaluated. A previously developed biomathematical model was used to simulate 1000 standardized uptake value ratios with population and noise simulations, which were used to determine the integrated receiver operating characteristics curve (Az), effect size (Es), and standardized uptake value ratio (Sr) of conditions-pairs of healthy control–mild cognitive impaired and mild cognitive impaired–Alzheimer's disease. CUI was obtained from the product of averaged Az ( Az ¯ ) , Es ( Es ¯ ) , and Sr ( Sr ¯ ) . Results The relationships of Az ¯ , Es ¯ , and Sr ¯ with CUI were different, suggesting that they assessed different radiotracer properties. The combination of Az, Es, and Sr complemented each other and resulted in CUI of 0.10 to 5.72, with clinically applied amyloid positron emission tomography radiotracers having CUI greater than 3.0. Discussion The CUI rankings of clinically applied radiotracers were close to their reported clinical results, attesting to the applicability of the screening methodology.

      PubDate: 2017-09-24T05:28:27Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.08.006
  • Characterization of APOE and TOMM40 allele frequencies in the Japanese

    • Authors: Akira Nishimura; Hidenori Nonomura; Shingo Tanaka; Michihiro Yoshida; Yuka Maruyama; Yutaka Aritomi; Ann M. Saunders; Daniel K. Burns; Michael W. Lutz; Grant Runyan; Eric Lai; Kumar Budur; Allen D. Roses
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 September 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Akira Nishimura, Hidenori Nonomura, Shingo Tanaka, Michihiro Yoshida, Yuka Maruyama, Yutaka Aritomi, Ann M. Saunders, Daniel K. Burns, Michael W. Lutz, Grant Runyan, Eric Lai, Kumar Budur, Allen D. Roses
      Introduction Dementia is one of the major health threats to our aging society, and Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the leading cause. In Japan, ∼15% of the elderly population has dementia. The apolipoprotein E (APOE) genotype and a polymorphism (rs10524523) in the translocase of outer mitochondrial membrane 40 (TOMM40) gene have been associated with the age of onset of AD. However, differences in allele frequencies of these markers in different ethnic populations are not well known. Methods Whole blood samples were collected from 300 Japanese subjects, and genomic DNA was extracted to determine APOE alleles and TOMM40 rs10524523 genotypes. Results Our results indicated that the APOE-ε3–TOMM40′523 short haplotype is less frequent in Japanese subjects than in Caucasians, whereas the APOE-ε3–TOMM40′523 long and APOE-ε3–TOMM40′523 very long haplotypes are more frequent in Japanese subjects than in Caucasians. We also showed that the APOE-ε4–TOMM40′523 short haplotype, which was noted to be frequently observed in African Americans, was also found in the Japanese population, although it is extremely rare in the Caucasian population. Discussion A biomarker risk assignment algorithm, using a combination of APOE, TOMM40′523 genotype, and age, has been developed to assign near-term risk for developing the onset of mild cognitive impairment due to AD and is being used as an enrichment tool in an ongoing delay-of-onset clinical trial. Understanding the characterization of APOE and TOMM40 allele frequencies in the Japanese population is the first step in developing a risk algorithm for AD research and clinical applications for AD prevention in Japan.

      PubDate: 2017-09-12T03:13:05Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.07.003
  • Concise informed consent to increase data and biospecimen access may
           accelerate innovative Alzheimer's disease treatments

    • Authors: Ann M. Hake; Penny A. Dacks; Stephen P. Arnerić
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 September 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Ann M. Hake, Penny A. Dacks, Stephen P. Arnerić
      Introduction Informed consent forms that restrict the distribution of data and samples have been an impediment to advancing Alzheimer's disease (AD) understandings and treatments. The Coalition Against Major Disease public-private partnership developed concise addenda to responsibly broaden data access of informed consent forms. Methods Coalition Against Major Disease members identified key elements for ensuring data and biospecimen access, and patient privacy protection according to applicable US law. Collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association established the understandability and relevance of the addenda with AD patients and Care Partners. Results Two key findings are (1) patients with dementia and Care Partners were shocked that their data and samples are not broadly shared and (2) with diverse feedback, two concise addenda were created to enable data and sample sharing both within and outside future sponsored studies (see Boxes). Discussion Increasing the access of valuable anonymized patient-level clinical trial data has the potential to inform the foundational and regulatory science required to deliver innovative treatments for AD.

      PubDate: 2017-09-06T01:41:07Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.08.003
  • The effect of diagnostic criteria on outcome measures in preclinical and
           prodromal Alzheimer's disease: Implications for trial design

    • Authors: Daniela Bertens; Betty M. Tijms; Lisa Vermunt; Niels D. Prins; Philip Scheltens; Pieter Jelle Visser
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 30 August 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Daniela Bertens, Betty M. Tijms, Lisa Vermunt, Niels D. Prins, Philip Scheltens, Pieter Jelle Visser
      Introduction We investigated the influence of different inclusion criteria for preclinical and prodromal Alzheimer's disease (AD) on changes in biomarkers and cognitive markers and on trial sample size estimates. Methods We selected 522 cognitively normal subjects and 872 subjects with mild cognitive impairment from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative study. Compared inclusion criteria were (1) preclinical or prodromal AD (amyloid marker abnormal); (2) preclinical or prodromal AD stage-1 (amyloid marker abnormal, injury marker normal); and (3) preclinical or prodromal AD stage-2 (amyloid and injury markers abnormal). Outcome measures were amyloid, neuronal injury, and cognitive markers. Results In both subjects with preclinical and prodromal AD stage-2, inclusion criteria resulted in the largest observed decline in brain volumetric measures on magnetic resonance imaging and cognitive markers. Discussion Inclusion criteria influence the observed rate of worsening in outcome measures. This has implications for trial design.

      PubDate: 2017-09-06T01:41:07Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.08.005
  • Measuring brain synaptic vesicle protein 2A with positron emission
           tomography and [18F]UCB-H

    • Authors: Mohamed Ali Bahri; Alain Plenevaux; Joël Aerts; Christine Bastin; Guillaume Becker; Joël Mercier; Anne Valade; Tim Buchanan; Nathalie Mesdagh; Didier Ledoux; Alain Seret; André Luxen; Eric Salmon
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 30 August 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Mohamed Ali Bahri, Alain Plenevaux, Joël Aerts, Christine Bastin, Guillaume Becker, Joël Mercier, Anne Valade, Tim Buchanan, Nathalie Mesdagh, Didier Ledoux, Alain Seret, André Luxen, Eric Salmon
      Introduction Brain distribution of synaptic vesicle protein 2A was measured with [18F]UCB-H and positron emission tomography (PET). Methods Images of synaptic density were acquired in healthy volunteers (two young participants and two seniors). Input function was measured by arterial blood sampling (arterial input function) and derived from PET images using carotid activity (image-derived input function). Logan graphical analysis was used to estimate regional synaptic vesicle protein 2A distribution volume. Results [18F]UCB-H uptake was ubiquitous in cortical and subcortical gray matter. Arterial input function and image-derived input function provided regional distribution volume with a high linear relationship. Discussion The cerebral distribution of [18F]UCB-H is similar to that recently observed with [11C]UCB-J. An accurate [18F]UCB-H quantification can be performed without invasive arterial blood sampling when no suitable reference region is available, using dynamic PET carotid activity. Brain synaptic density can be studied in vivo in normal and pathological aging.

      PubDate: 2017-09-06T01:41:07Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.08.004
  • A general neurologist's perspective on the urgent need to apply resilience
           thinking to the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease

    • Authors: Grazyna Pomorska; Judith K. Ockene
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 30 August 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Grazyna Pomorska, Judith K. Ockene
      The goal of this article was to look at the problem of Alzheimer's disease (AD) through the lens of a socioecological resilience-thinking framework to help expand our view of the prevention and treatment of AD. This serious and complex public health problem requires a holistic systems approach. We present the view that resilience thinking, a theoretical framework that offers multidisciplinary approaches in ecology and natural resource management to solve environmental problems, can be applied to the prevention and treatment of AD. Resilience thinking explains a natural process that occurs in all complex systems in response to stressful challenges. The brain is a complex system, much like an ecosystem, and AD is a disturbance (allostatic overload) within the ecosystem of the brain. Resilience thinking gives us guidance, direction, and ideas about how to comprehensively prevent and treat AD and tackle the AD epidemic.

      PubDate: 2017-09-06T01:41:07Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.08.001
  • An 8-week, open-label, dose-finding study of nimodipine for the treatment
           of progranulin insufficiency from GRN gene mutations

    • Authors: Sharon J. Sha; Zachary A. Miller; Sang-won Min; Yungui Zhou; Jesse Brown; Laura L. Mitic; Anna Karydas; Mary Koestler; Richard Tsai; Chiara Corbetta-Rastelli; Sophie Lin; Emma Hare; Scott Fields; Kirsten E. Fleischmann; Ryan Powers; Ryan Fitch; Lauren Herl Martens; Mehrdad Shamloo; Anne M. Fagan; Robert V. Farese; Rodney Pearlman; William Seeley; Bruce L. Miller; Li Gan; Adam L. Boxer
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 30 August 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Sharon J. Sha, Zachary A. Miller, Sang-won Min, Yungui Zhou, Jesse Brown, Laura L. Mitic, Anna Karydas, Mary Koestler, Richard Tsai, Chiara Corbetta-Rastelli, Sophie Lin, Emma Hare, Scott Fields, Kirsten E. Fleischmann, Ryan Powers, Ryan Fitch, Lauren Herl Martens, Mehrdad Shamloo, Anne M. Fagan, Robert V. Farese, Rodney Pearlman, William Seeley, Bruce L. Miller, Li Gan, Adam L. Boxer
      Introduction Frontotemporal lobar degeneration–causing mutations in the progranulin (GRN) gene reduce progranulin protein (PGRN) levels, suggesting that restoring PGRN in mutation carriers may be therapeutic. Nimodipine, a Food and Drug Administration–approved blood-brain barrier-penetrant calcium channel blocker, increased PGRN levels in PGRN-deficient murine models. We sought to assess safety and tolerability of oral nimodipine in human GRN mutation carriers. Methods We performed an open-label, 8-week, dose-finding, phase 1 clinical trial in eight GRN mutation carriers to assess the safety and tolerability of nimodipine and assayed fluid and radiologic markers to investigate therapeutic endpoints. Results There were no serious adverse events; however, PGRN concentrations (cerebrospinal fluid and plasma) did not change significantly following treatment (percent changes of −5.2 ± 10.9% in plasma and −10.2 ± 7.8% in cerebrospinal fluid). Measurable atrophy within the left middle frontal gyrus was observed over an 8-week period. Discussion While well tolerated, nimodipine treatment did not alter PGRN concentrations or secondary outcomes.

      PubDate: 2017-09-06T01:41:07Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.08.002
  • Gamma rhythm low field magnetic stimulation alleviates neuropathologic
           changes and rescues memory and cognitive impairments in a mouse model of
           Alzheimer's disease

    • Authors: Junli Zhen; Yanjing Qian; Xiechuan Weng; Wenting Su; Jianliang Zhang; Lihui Cai; Lin Dong; Haiting An; Ruijun Su; Jiang Wang; Yan Zheng; Xiaomin Wang
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 30 August 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Junli Zhen, Yanjing Qian, Xiechuan Weng, Wenting Su, Jianliang Zhang, Lihui Cai, Lin Dong, Haiting An, Ruijun Su, Jiang Wang, Yan Zheng, Xiaomin Wang
      Introduction The abnormal amyloid β (Aβ) accumulation and Aβ-related neural network dysfunction are considered central to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) at the early stage. Deep-brain reachable low field magnetic stimulation (DMS), a novel noninvasive approach that was designed to intervene the network activity in brains, has been found to alleviate stress-related cognitive impairments. Methods Amyloid precursor protein/presenilin-1 transgenic mice (5XFAD) were treated with DMS, and cognitive behavior and AD-like pathologic changes in the neurochemical and electrophysiological properties in 5XFAD mice were assessed. Results We demonstrate that DMS treatment enhances cognitive performances, attenuates Aβ load, upregulates postsynaptic density protein 95 level, and promotes hippocampal long-term potentiation in 5XFAD mouse brain. Intriguingly, the gamma burst magnetic stimulation reverses the aberrant gamma oscillations in the transgenic hippocampal network. Discussion This work establishes a solid foundation for the effectiveness of DMS in treating AD and proposes a future study of gamma rhythm stimulation on reorganizing rhythmic neural activity in AD brain.

      PubDate: 2017-09-06T01:41:07Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.07.002
  • Serum concentrations of vitamin E and carotenoids are altered in
           Alzheimer's disease: A case-control study

    • Authors: Kathryn Mullan; Michael A. Williams; Chris R. Cardwell; Bernadette McGuinness; Peter Passmore; Giuliana Silvestri; Jayne V. Woodside; Gareth J. McKay
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 July 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Kathryn Mullan, Michael A. Williams, Chris R. Cardwell, Bernadette McGuinness, Peter Passmore, Giuliana Silvestri, Jayne V. Woodside, Gareth J. McKay
      Introduction Oxidative stress has been implicated in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). We investigated associations between serum levels of lipophilic antioxidants and AD. Methods Serum concentrations of retinol, two forms of vitamin E (α- and γ-tocopherol) and six carotenoids were quantified by high-performance liquid chromatography from patients with AD (n = 251) and cognitively intact controls (n = 308) and assessed by regression analyses. Results Serum levels of α-tocopherol and all six carotenoids were significantly lower in patients with AD compared with cognitively intact controls (P < .001). In contrast, γ-tocopherol was significantly higher in the serum of patients with AD (odds ratio = 1.17 [confidence intervals: 1.05–1.31]). Discussion Our findings implicate compromised serum antioxidant defenses in AD pathogenesis and differing biological roles for vitamin E isoforms. This highlights the need for improved understanding in the balanced upregulation of exogenous antioxidants related to dietary intake or supplement use in future nutritional intervention studies.

      PubDate: 2017-07-24T17:45:10Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.06.006
  • Determining the impact of psychosis on rates of false-positive and
           false-negative diagnosis in Alzheimer's disease

    • Authors: Corinne E. Fischer; Winnie Qian; Tom A. Schweizer; Zahinoor Ismail; Eric E. Smith; Colleen P. Millikin; David G. Munoz
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 21 June 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Corinne E. Fischer, Winnie Qian, Tom A. Schweizer, Zahinoor Ismail, Eric E. Smith, Colleen P. Millikin, David G. Munoz
      Introduction The rate of clinical misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and how psychosis impacts that clinical judgment is unclear. Methods Using data from National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center, we compared the clinical and neuropathologic diagnosis in patients with a diagnosis of AD with autopsy and in neuropathology-confirmed AD cases (n = 961). We determined the rate of true positives, false positives, and false negatives in patients with and without psychosis. Results A total of 76% received a correct AD diagnosis, 11.9% had a false-negative diagnosis, and 12.1% had a false-positive diagnosis of AD. Psychotic patients had a higher rate of false-negative diagnosis and a lower rate of false-positive diagnosis of AD compared with nonpsychotic patients. Discussion Patients with psychosis were five times more likely to be misdiagnosed as dementia with Lewy bodies, whereas patients without psychosis were more likely to be falsely diagnosed with AD when vascular pathology is the underlying neuropathologic cause of dementia.

      PubDate: 2017-06-23T14:25:49Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.06.001
  • Ponezumab in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease: Randomized phase II
           PET-PIB study

    • Authors: Jaren W. Landen; Niels Andreasen; Carol L. Cronenberger; Pamela F. Schwartz; Anne Börjesson-Hanson; Henrik Östlund; Catherine A. Sattler; Brendon Binneman; Martin M. Bednar
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 8 June 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Jaren W. Landen, Niels Andreasen, Carol L. Cronenberger, Pamela F. Schwartz, Anne Börjesson-Hanson, Henrik Östlund, Catherine A. Sattler, Brendon Binneman, Martin M. Bednar
      Background The safety, pharmacokinetics, and effect on peripheral and central amyloid beta (Aβ) of multiple doses of ponezumab, an anti-Aβ monoclonal antibody, were characterized in subjects with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease treated for 1 year. Methods Subjects were aged ≥50 years with Mini–Mental State Examination scores 16 to 26. Cohort Q was randomized to ponezumab 10 mg/kg (n = 12) or placebo (n = 6) quarterly. Cohort M was randomized to a loading dose of ponezumab 10 mg/kg or placebo, followed by monthly ponezumab 7.5 mg/kg (n = 12) or placebo (n = 6), respectively. Results Ponezumab was generally well tolerated. Plasma concentrations increased dose dependently, but cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) penetration was low. Plasma Aβ increased dose dependently with ponezumab, but CSF biomarkers, brain amyloid burden, cognition, and function were not affected. Conclusions Both ponezumab dosing schedules were generally safe and well tolerated but did not alter CSF biomarkers, brain amyloid burden, or clinical outcomes.

      PubDate: 2017-06-13T13:03:50Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.05.003
  • The effects of noncoding aquaporin-4 single-nucleotide polymorphisms on
           cognition and functional progression of Alzheimer's disease

    • Authors: Kevin G. Burfeind; Charles F. Murchison; Shawn K. Westaway; Matthew J. Simon; Deniz Erten-Lyons; Jeffrey A. Kaye; Joseph F. Quinn; Jeffrey J. Iliff
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 26 May 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Kevin G. Burfeind, Charles F. Murchison, Shawn K. Westaway, Matthew J. Simon, Deniz Erten-Lyons, Jeffrey A. Kaye, Joseph F. Quinn, Jeffrey J. Iliff
      Introduction The glymphatic system is a brain-wide perivascular network that facilitates clearance of proteins, including amyloid β, from the brain interstitium through the perivascular exchange of cerebrospinal fluid and interstitial fluid. The astrocytic water channel aquaporin-4 (AQP4) is required for glymphatic system function, and impairment of glymphatic function in the aging brain is associated with altered AQP4 expression and localization. In human cortical tissue, alterations in AQP4 expression and localization are associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) status and pathology. Although this suggests a potential role for AQP4 in the development or progression of AD, the relationship between of naturally occurring variants in the human AQP4 gene and cognitive function has not yet been evaluated. Methods Using data from several longitudinal aging cohorts, we investigated the association between five AQP4 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and the rate of cognitive decline in participants with a diagnosis of AD. Results None of the five SNPs were associated with different rates of AD diagnosis, age of dementia onset in trial subjects. No association between AQP4 SNPs with histological measures of AD pathology, including Braak stage or neuritic plaque density was observed. However, AQP4 SNPs were associated with altered rates of cognitive decline after AD diagnosis, with two SNPS (rs9951307 and rs3875089) associated with slower cognitive decline and two (rs3763040 and rs3763043) associated with more rapid cognitive decline after AD diagnosis. Discussion These results provide the first evidence that variations in the AQP4 gene, whose gene product AQP4 is vital for glymphatic pathway function, may modulate the progression of cognitive decline in AD.

      PubDate: 2017-05-29T16:18:36Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.05.001
  • Power analysis to detect treatment effects in longitudinal clinical trials
           for Alzheimer's disease

    • Authors: Zhiyue Huang; Graciela Muniz-Terrera; Brian D.M. Tom
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 24 May 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Zhiyue Huang, Graciela Muniz-Terrera, Brian D.M. Tom
      Introduction Assessing cognitive and functional changes at the early stage of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and detecting treatment effects in clinical trials for early AD are challenging. Methods Under the assumption that transformed versions of the Mini–Mental State Examination, the Clinical Dementia Rating Scale–Sum of Boxes, and the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale–Cognitive Subscale tests'/components' scores are from a multivariate linear mixed-effects model, we calculated the sample sizes required to detect treatment effects on the annual rates of change in these three components in clinical trials for participants with mild cognitive impairment. Results Our results suggest that a large number of participants would be required to detect a clinically meaningful treatment effect in a population with preclinical or prodromal Alzheimer's disease. We found that the transformed Mini–Mental State Examination is more sensitive for detecting treatment effects in early AD than the transformed Clinical Dementia Rating Scale–Sum of Boxes and Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale–Cognitive Subscale. The use of optimal weights to construct powerful test statistics or sensitive composite scores/endpoints can reduce the required sample sizes needed for clinical trials. Conclusion Consideration of the multivariate/joint distribution of components' scores rather than the distribution of a single composite score when designing clinical trials can lead to an increase in power and reduced sample sizes for detecting treatment effects in clinical trials for early AD.

      PubDate: 2017-05-29T16:18:36Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.04.007
  • The BDNF Val66Met polymorphism moderates the effect of cognitive reserve
           on 36-month cognitive change in healthy older adults

    • Authors: David D. Ward; Ross Andel; Nichole L. Saunders; Megan E. Thow; Shannon Z. Klekociuk; Aidan D. Bindoff; James C. Vickers
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 15 May 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): David D. Ward, Ross Andel, Nichole L. Saunders, Megan E. Thow, Shannon Z. Klekociuk, Aidan D. Bindoff, James C. Vickers
      Introduction Cognitive reserve (CR) and BDNF Val66Met are independently associated with the rate of cognitive decline in preclinical Alzheimer's disease. This study was designed to investigate the interactive effects of these variables on 36-month cognitive change in cognitively intact older adults. Methods Data for this investigation were obtained from 445 community-residing participants of the Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project, who underwent genetic screening and annual assessment of neuropsychological, health, and psychosocial function. Results Our main result was that BDNF Val66Met moderated the relationship between baseline CR and change in executive function performance, in that CR-related differences in function decreased across the follow-up period in BDNF Val homozygotes, but became more pronounced in BDNF Met carriers. Similar effects were not observed within the other memory- and language-related cognitive domains. Discussion Inheritance of BDNF Met may be associated with a detrimental influence on the relationship between CR and cognitive change in cognitively intact older adults, but this effect may be restricted to the executive function domain.

      PubDate: 2017-05-19T15:24:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.04.006
  • Clinicians' views on conversations and shared decision making in
           diagnostic testing for Alzheimer's disease—The ABIDE project

    • Authors: Marleen Kunneman; Ellen M.A. Smets; Femke H. Bouwman; Niki S.M. Schoonenboom; Marissa D. Zwan; Ruth Pel-Littel; Wiesje M. van der Flier
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 May 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Marleen Kunneman, Ellen M.A. Smets, Femke H. Bouwman, Niki S.M. Schoonenboom, Marissa D. Zwan, Ruth Pel-Littel, Wiesje M. van der Flier
      Introduction This study explores clinicians' views on and experiences with when, how, and by whom decisions about diagnostic testing for Alzheimer's disease are made and how test results are discussed with patients. Methods Following a preparatory focus group with 13 neurologists and geriatricians, we disseminated an online questionnaire among 200 memory clinic clinicians. Results Respondents were 95 neurologists and geriatricians (response rate 47.5%). Clinicians (74%) indicated that decisions about testing are made before the first encounter, yet they favored a shared decision-making approach. Patient involvement seems limited to receiving information. Clinicians with less tolerance for uncertainty preferred a bigger say in decisions (P < .05). Clinicians indicated to always communicate the diagnosis (94%), results of different tests (88%–96%), and risk of developing dementia (66%). Discussion Clinicians favor patient involvement in deciding about diagnostic testing, but conversations about decisions and test results can be improved and supported.

      PubDate: 2017-05-14T14:54:28Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.03.009
  • Technology for home dementia care: A prototype locating system put to the

    • Authors: Herlind Megges; Silka Dawn Freiesleben; Natalie Jankowski; Brigitte Haas; Oliver Peters
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 May 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Herlind Megges, Silka Dawn Freiesleben, Natalie Jankowski, Brigitte Haas, Oliver Peters
      Introduction The user experience of persons with dementia and their primary caregivers with locating systems is not firmly established. Methods Eighteen dyads used a prototype locating system during 4 weeks. Primary outcome measures were ratings of usability, and product functions and features. Secondary outcome measures were caregiver burden, perceived self-efficacy, frequency of use, and willingness to purchase the prototype. Changes in scores between baseline (T1) and end of testing period (T2) were compared by performing independent and dependent samples correlations and descriptive statistics. Results Seventeen dyads made up the final sample. Ratings of usability and product functions and features were fair, but usability ratings were significantly reduced after 4 weeks. Although the prototype was used infrequently by majority of the samples, most caregivers would be willing to purchase the prototype, with men more willing than women. No significant change in technological willingness, caregiver burden, or perceived self-efficacy was found between T1 and T2. Perceived self-efficacy significantly negatively correlated with willingness to purchase the prototype after 4 weeks. Discussion Results highlight the importance of including end users in the research and development phase of locating systems to improve the user experience in home dementia care. Necessary indications for further research are carrying out randomized controlled trials with larger, more representative samples and developing innovative software and hardware solutions.

      PubDate: 2017-05-14T14:54:28Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.04.004
  • Multiple-dose ponezumab for mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease: Safety
           and efficacy

    • Authors: Jaren W. Landen; Sharon Cohen; Clare B. Billing; Carol Cronenberger; Scot Styren; Aaron H. Burstein; Catherine Sattler; Jae-Hong Lee; Clifford R. Jack; Kejal Kantarci; Pamela F. Schwartz; William T. Duggan; Qinying Zhao; Ken Sprenger; Martin M. Bednar; Brendon Binneman
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 May 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Jaren W. Landen, Sharon Cohen, Clare B. Billing, Carol Cronenberger, Scot Styren, Aaron H. Burstein, Catherine Sattler, Jae-Hong Lee, Clifford R. Jack, Kejal Kantarci, Pamela F. Schwartz, William T. Duggan, Qinying Zhao, Ken Sprenger, Martin M. Bednar, Brendon Binneman
      Background Multiple intravenous doses of ponezumab, an anti-amyloid antibody, were evaluated in subjects with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD). Methods In part A, 77 subjects were randomized to ponezumab 0.1, 0.5, or 1 mg/kg (75 treated) and 26 to placebo (24 treated). In part B, 63 subjects were randomized and treated with ponezumab 3 or 8.5 mg/kg and 32 with placebo. Subjects received 10 infusions over 18 months and were followed for 6 months thereafter. Results Ponezumab was generally safe and well tolerated. Most common adverse events were fall (16.7% ponezumab, 21.4% placebo), headache (13.8%, 21.4%), and cerebral microhemorrhage (13.8%, 19.6%). Plasma ponezumab increased dose-dependently with limited accumulation. Cerebrospinal fluid penetration was low. Plasma Aβ1–x and Aβ1–40 showed robust increases, but cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers showed no dose response. Ponezumab had no effects on cognitive/functional outcomes or brain volume. Conclusions Multiple-dose ponezumab was generally safe, but not efficacious, in mild-to-moderate AD.

      PubDate: 2017-05-14T14:54:28Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.04.003
  • Patients' and caregivers' views on conversations and shared decision
           making in diagnostic testing for Alzheimer's disease—The ABIDE project

    • Authors: Marleen Kunneman; Ruth Pel-Littel; Femke H. Bouwman; Freek Gillissen; Niki S.M. Schoonenboom; Jules J. Claus; Wiesje M. van der Flier; Ellen M.A. Smets
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 May 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Marleen Kunneman, Ruth Pel-Littel, Femke H. Bouwman, Freek Gillissen, Niki S.M. Schoonenboom, Jules J. Claus, Wiesje M. van der Flier, Ellen M.A. Smets
      Introduction This study aims to assess patients' and caregivers' views on and experiences with (1) decisions about diagnostic testing for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and (2) receiving test results. Methods We conducted separate focus groups with patients from three hospitals who underwent diagnostic testing for AD (N = 11) and their caregivers (N = 11). Audio recordings were transcribed verbatim and analyzed using MaxQDA. Results Patients and caregivers preferred and perceived active involvement in decision making, but the decision to initiate diagnostic testing seems to be made before the clinician-patient encounter. Patients and caregivers indicate that decisions are driven by a strong need to explain the patient's symptoms. They missed information on why different diagnostic tests were used, what the results of these tests were, and to what extent these results were (ab)normal. Discussion The decision-making process around diagnostic testing for AD and the information provision before and after diagnostic testing could be improved.

      PubDate: 2017-05-14T14:54:28Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.04.002
  • Impact of programs to reduce antipsychotic and anticholinergic use in
           nursing homes

    • Authors: Ryan M. Carnahan; Grant D. Brown; Elena M. Letuchy; Linda M. Rubenstein; Brian M. Gryzlak; Marianne Smith; Jeffrey C. Reist; Michael W. Kelly; Susan K. Schultz; Michelle T. Weckmann; Elizabeth A. Chrischilles
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 March 2017
      Source:Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
      Author(s): Ryan M. Carnahan, Grant D. Brown, Elena M. Letuchy, Linda M. Rubenstein, Brian M. Gryzlak, Marianne Smith, Jeffrey C. Reist, Michael W. Kelly, Susan K. Schultz, Michelle T. Weckmann, Elizabeth A. Chrischilles
      Introduction Antipsychotics are used for behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), but have risks. Anticholinergics can worsen outcomes in dementia. The Improving Antipsychotic Appropriateness in Dementia Patients (IA-ADAPT) educational program and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Partnership to Improve Dementia Care (CMS Partnership) promote improved care for BPSD. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of these programs on medication use and BPSD among nursing home residents. Methods This quasi-experimental longitudinal study used Medicare and assessment data for Iowa nursing home residents from April 2011 to December 2012. Antipsychotic and anticholinergic use was evaluated on a monthly basis, and changes in BPSD were tracked using assessment data. Results are presented as odds ratios per month after exposure to IA-ADAPT or the start of the CMS Partnership. Results Of 427 eligible Iowa nursing homes, 114 were exposed to IA-ADAPT in 2012. Nursing home exposure to IA-ADAPT was associated with reduced antipsychotic use (OR, 0.93; 95% CI, 0.91–0.96) and anticholinergic use (OR, 0.96; 95% CI, 0.94–0.99), reduced use of excessive antipsychotic doses per CMS guidance (OR, 0.88; 95% CI, 0.82–0.93), and increased odds of a potentially appropriate indication among antipsychotic users (OR, 1.06; 95% CI, 1.02–1.11). The CMS Partnership was associated with reduced antipsychotic use (OR, 0.97; 95% CI, 0.95–0.99). IA-ADAPT was associated with increased documentation of delusions (OR, 1.04; 95% CI, 1.01–1.07) and delirium (OR, 1.03; 95% CI, 1.00–1.05), and there was a trend toward increased documentation of physical aggression (OR, 1.03; 95% CI, 1.00–1.06; P = .051). However, with the exception of delusions these increases primarily occurred in residents without dementia, who were not the subject of the intervention. Discussion This study suggests that IA-ADAPT and the CMS Partnership improved medication use. IA-ADAPT effects on BPSD are more difficult to interpret.

      PubDate: 2017-03-10T07:27:36Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2017.02.003
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