Abstract Title:

Vitamin E and Alzheimer's disease: the mediating role of cellular aging.

Abstract Source:

Aging Clin Exp Res. 2019 May 3. Epub 2019 May 3. PMID: 31054115

Abstract Author(s):

Martina Casati, Virginia Boccardi, Evelyn Ferri, Laura Bertagnoli, Patrizia Bastiani, Simona Ciccone, Marta Mansi, Michela Scamosci, Paolo Dionigi Rossi, Patrizia Mecocci, Beatrice Arosio

Article Affiliation:

Martina Casati


BACKGROUND: Vitamin E represents a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory system, playing a role in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Different plasma concentrations of the forms of vitamin E are observed in AD compared to cognitively healthy subjects.

AIM: Since these modifications may modulate the markers of oxidative stress and cellular aging, we aim to explore the relationship between vitamin E forms and leukocyte telomere length (LTL) in AD.

METHODS: 53 AD subjects and 40 cognitively healthy controls (CTs) were enrolled. The vitamin E forms (α-, β-, γ- and δ-tocopherol, α-, β-, γ- and δ-tocotrienol), the ratio of α-tocopherylquinone/α-tocopherol and 5-nitro-γ-tocopherol/γ-tocopherol (markers of oxidative/nitrosative damage) and LTL were measured.

RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: Regression model was used to explore the associations of vitamin E forms and LTL with AD. The interaction of LTL in the association between vitamin E forms and AD was tested. AD subjects showed significantly lower concentrations ofα-, β-, γ- and δ-tocopherol, α- and δ-tocotrienol, total tocopherols, total tocotrienols and total vitamin E compared to CTs. AD subjects showed higher values of nitrosative/oxidative damage. The adjusted analyses confirmed a significant relationship of AD with plasma concentrations of α- andβ-tocopherols, δ-tocotrienol, total tocopherols, total tocotrienol, total vitamin E and oxidative/nitrosative damage. However, nitrosative damage was significantly associated with AD only in subjects with higher LTL and not in those expressing marked cellular aging.

CONCLUSIONS: Our study confirms the role of vitamin E in AD pathology and indicates that nitrosative damage influences the association with AD only in subjects characterized by longer LTL.

Study Type : Human Study

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