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Relative telomere length in patients with late-onset Alzheimer's dementia or vascular dementia

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  • Zarah Maria Löf Öhlin
  • Nils-Olof Hagnelius
  • Torbjörn K Nilsson
Telomeres generally shorten with age. An accelerated shortening of the telomeres has been linked to several age-related disorders. We hypothesized that the relative length of telomeres could discriminate between patients with late-onset Alzheimer's disease (AD) and vascular dementia (VaD). A quantitative real-time PCR method was used to calculate the relative telomere length in 76 age-matched and sex-matched, newly diagnosed late-onset AD or VaD patients recruited from our Memory Unit. No significant difference was found in the relative telomere length between AD and VaD cases neither in men (P=0.315) nor women (P=0.12). Thus, we could not confirm that the length of telomeres would predict which form of dementia, late-onset AD or VaD that develops.
Udgave nummer12
Sider (fra-til)1199-202
Antal sider4
StatusUdgivet - 6 aug. 2008
Eksternt udgivetJa

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