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Grünblatt, E; Zehetmayer, S; Bartl, J; Löffler, C; Wichart, I; Rainer, M K; Jungwirth, S; Bauer, P; Danielczyk, W; Tragl, K H; Riederer, P; Fischer, P (2009). Genetic risk factors and markers for Alzheimer's disease and/or depression in the VITA study. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 43(3):298-308.

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OBJECTIVES: In ageing population, both Alzheimer's disease (AD) and depression are common. Significant depressive symptoms are often co-morbid with cognitive impairment and dementia. In this study, we attempted to find various factors and markers for both AD and depression in a longitudinal cohort, the Vienna-Transdanube-Aging (VITA)-study. METHODS: The VITA-Study consisted of 305 healthy subjects, 174 subjects with depression only, 55 subjects diagnosed with AD only and 72 subjects with depression as well as AD. Associations between AD and/or depression to gene polymorphisms APO E (epsilon4), choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) 4G to A, serotonin-transporter gene promoter-length, dopamine-D4-receptor, ciliary-neurotrophic-factor-null mutation and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (C270T) and to various known factors were analyzed. RESULTS: AD and depression were significant associated. Significant risk factors found for AD were low education, low folic acid and depressive-symptoms, while for depression were low education and higher nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) consume. Moreover, the ChAT polymorphism associated significant to depression. Gender, education, and ChAT significantly associated with the combination AD and/or depression. CONCLUSION: Such studies must be conducted cautiously, as co-morbidities and gene-environmental-social influences may sway the results dramatically. We found in the VITA-study significant association between depression and AD and between ChAT polymorphism and depression.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:January 2009
Deposited On:08 Feb 2010 10:29
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:52
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2008.05.008
PubMed ID:18603262

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