Study objective-Age, family history of dementia and the epsilon4 allele of the apolipoprotein E gene have been associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD).
Considering the strength of APOE-epsilon4 as a genetic risk factor for AD, this factor might explain a large part of the association between AD and a family history of dementia.
Therefore, in the general population, a higher frequency of dementia should be observed among parents of probands with at least one epsilon4 allele than in parents of probands without this allele.
Design, setting, and participants-The study investigated a sample of 1153 volunteers between 59 and 71 years old, genotyped for the APOE gene, all participating in the EVA study.
Dementia in their parents was determined using a self reported questionnaire.
Main results-The frequency of dementia in 2164 parents was examined and it was found that 245 were demented.
The percentage of demented parents was 13.0% in the subgroup of parents of subjects having one or two epsilon4 alleles and 10.8% in the other subgroup.
The relative risk of dementia among parents according to the APOE-epsilon4 status of probands, was calculated using a Cox model adjusted for the educational level of parents and their history of stroke : RR=1.21 (95% CI 0.90,1.63).
Conclusion-This lack of association supports the observation that in the general population, APOE-epsilon4 cannot explain a large part of family history of dementia.
Mots-clés Pascal : Démence Alzheimer, Apolipoprotéine E, Allèle, Gène, Antécédent, Milieu familial, Age, Epidémiologie, Facteur risque, Génétique, Homme, France, Europe, Système nerveux pathologie, Système nerveux central pathologie, Encéphale pathologie, Maladie dégénérative
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Alzheimer disease, Apolipoprotein E, Allele, Gene, Antecedent, Family environment, Age, Epidemiology, Risk factor, Genetics, Human, France, Europe, Nervous system diseases, Central nervous system disease, Cerebral disorder, Degenerative disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0349707
Code Inist : 002B17G. Création : 14/12/1999.