CSF progranulin increases in the course of Alzheimer’s disease and is associated with sTREM2, neurodegeneration and cognitive decline

Marc Suárez‐Calvet, Anja Capell, Miguel Ángel Araque Caballero, Estrella Morenas‐Rodríguez, Katrin Fellerer, Nicolai Franzmeier, Gernot Kleinberger, Erden Eren, Yuetiva Deming, Laura Piccio, Celeste M Karch, Carlos Cruchaga, Katrina Paumier, Randall J Bateman, Anne M Fagan, John C Morris, Johannes Levin, Adrian Danek, Mathias Jucker, Colin L Masters, Martin N Rossor, John M Ringman, Leslie M Shaw, John Q Trojanowski, Michael Weiner, Michael Ewers, Christian Haass, the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network, the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. EMBO Molecular Medicine, 2018, Article number e9712 Read More


Progranulin (PGRN) is predominantly expressed by microglia in the brain, and genetic and experimental evidence suggests a critical role in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). We asked whether PGRN expression is changed in a disease severity-specific manner in AD. We measured PGRN in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in two of the best-characterized AD patient cohorts, namely the Dominant Inherited Alzheimer’s Disease Network (DIAN) and the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). In carriers of AD causing dominant mutations, cross-sectionally assessed CSF PGRN increased over the course of the disease and significantly differed from non-carriers 10 years before the expected symptom onset. In late-onset AD, higher CSF PGRN was associated with more advanced disease stages and cognitive impairment. Higher CSF PGRN was associated with higher CSF soluble TREM2 (triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 2) only when there was underlying pathology, but not in controls. In conclusion, we demonstrate that, although CSF PGRN is not a diagnostic biomarker for AD, it may together with sTREM2 reflect microglial activation during the disease. © 2018 The Authors. Published under the terms of the CC BY 4.0 license

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Posted on December 6, 2018
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