Elevation in relative levels of brain membrane unsaturated fatty acids in Alzheimer's disease: High resolution proton spectroscopic studies of membrane lipid extracts

Ingrid Kwee, T. Nakada, W. G. Ellis

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Abstract

Unsaturation indices of cerebral cortex membrane phospholipids in Alzheimer's disease were determined utilizing high resolution proton nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy of lipid extracts. The unsaturation index of Alzheimer's brain was found to be significantly higher (P < 0.01) than that of age-matched controls. The study provides further support for the hypothesis that alteration in phospholipid metabolism, especially an elevation in unsaturated fatty acids, may play a role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-54
Number of pages6
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Medicine
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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