Schooling mediates brain reserve in Alzheimer's disease : findings of fluoro-deoxy-glucose-positron emission tomography

Perneczky, R. and Drzezga, A. and Diehl-Schmid, J. and Schmid, G. and Wohlschläger, A. and Kars, S. and Grimmer, T. and Wagenpfeil, S. and Monsch, A. and Kurz, A.. (2006) Schooling mediates brain reserve in Alzheimer's disease : findings of fluoro-deoxy-glucose-positron emission tomography. Journal of neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry, Vol. 77, H. 9. pp. 1060-1063.

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BACKGROUND: Functional imaging studies report that higher education is associated with more severe pathology in patients with Alzheimer's disease, controlling for disease severity. Therefore, schooling seems to provide brain reserve against neurodegeneration. OBJECTIVE: To provide further evidence for brain reserve in a large sample, using a sensitive technique for the indirect assessment of brain abnormality (18F-fluoro-deoxy-glucose-positron emission tomography (FDG-PET)), a comprehensive measure of global cognitive impairment to control for disease severity (total score of the Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer's Disease Neuropsychological Battery) and an approach unbiased by predefined regions of interest for the statistical analysis (statistical parametric mapping (SPM)). METHODS: 93 patients with mild Alzheimer's disease and 16 healthy controls underwent 18F-FDG-PET imaging of the brain. A linear regression analysis with education as independent and glucose utilisation as dependent variables, adjusted for global cognitive status and demographic variables, was conducted in SPM2. RESULTS: The regression analysis showed a marked inverse association between years of schooling and glucose metabolism in the posterior temporo-occipital association cortex and the precuneus in the left hemisphere. CONCLUSIONS: In line with previous reports, the findings suggest that education is associated with brain reserve and that people with higher education can cope with brain damage for a longer time.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Geriatrie
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Geriatrie
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie
UniBasel Contributors:Monsch, Andreas U
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:British Medical Association
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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