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Variations in the APOE allele or BDNF Val66Met polymorphism are not associated with changes in cognitive function following a tertiary education intervention in older adults: The Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project

Thow, ME, Summers, MJ ORCID: 0000-0002-3869-4920, Summers, JJ, Saunders, NL ORCID: 0000-0003-4609-114X and Vickers, JC ORCID: 0000-0001-5671-4879 2017 , 'Variations in the APOE allele or BDNF Val66Met polymorphism are not associated with changes in cognitive function following a tertiary education intervention in older adults: The Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project' , Neurobiology of Aging, vol. 55 , pp. 175-176 , doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2017.03.028.

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Abstract

The APOE ɛ4 allele and the Met variant of the BDNF Val66Met polymorphism areassociated with reduced cognitive function in older adults. The aim of this study was toexamine the independent and interactional effect of the APOE ɛ4 allele and BDNF Val66Metpolymorphism on cognitive function in a cohort of healthy older adults who had undertakenfurther university level education. Multiple group Latent Growth Curve Modelling revealedno change in cognitive function over time in APOE ɛ4-carriers or in BDNF Met-carriers, norin carriers of both APOE-ɛ4 and BDNF-Met alleles. Further, the results indicate that allelicvariation in either APOE or BDNF does not modify the beneficial effects of a universitybased education intervention on cognitive function over a four-year period following theintervention.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Thow, ME and Summers, MJ and Summers, JJ and Saunders, NL and Vickers, JC
Keywords: APOE allele, BDNF polymorphism, cognitive function
Journal or Publication Title: Neurobiology of Aging
Publisher: Elsevier Science Inc
ISSN: 0197-4580
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2017.03.028
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