18 F-Flortaucipir in TDP-43 associated frontotemporal dementia

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Retention of 18 F-Flortaucipir is reportedly increased in the semantic variant of primary progressive aphasia (svPPA), which is dominated by TDP-43 pathology. However, it is unclear if 18 F-Flortaucipir is also increased in other TDP-43 diseases, such as bvFTD caused by a C9orf72 gene mutation. We therefore recruited six C9orf72 expansion carriers, six svPPA patients, and 54 healthy controls. All underwent 18 F-Flortaucipir PET and MRI scanning. Data from 39 Alzheimer’s Disease patients were used for comparison. PET tracer retention was assessed both at the region-of-interest (ROI) and at the voxel-level. Further, autoradiography using 3 H-Flortaucipir was performed. SvPPA patients exhibited higher 18 F-Flortaucipir retention in the lateral temporal cortex bilaterally according to ROI- and voxel-based analyses. In C9orf72 patients, 18 F-Flortaucipir binding was slightly increased in the inferior frontal lobes in the ROI based analysis, but these results were not replicated in the voxel-based analysis. Autoradiography did not show specific binding in svPPA cases or in C9orf72-mutation carriers. In conclusion, temporal lobe 18 F-Flortaucipir retention was observed in some cases of svPPA, but the uptake was of a lower magnitude compared to AD dementia. C9orf72-mutation carriers exhibited none or limited 18 F-Flortaucipir retention, indicating that 18 F-Flortaucipir binding in TDP-43 proteinopathies is not a general TDP-43 related phenomenon.


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Externa organisationer
  • Erasmus University Medical Center
  • F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG
  • Skåne University Hospital

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Neurovetenskaper
TidskriftScientific Reports
Utgåva nummer1
StatusPublished - 2019 apr 15
Peer review utfördJa