Arylesterase activity of paraoxonase-1 in serum and cerebrospinal fluid of patients with alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia

Arianna Romani, Alessandro Trentini, Wiesje M.van der Flier, Tiziana Bellini, Giovanni Zuliani, Carlo Cervellati, Charlotte E. Teunissen

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Background: It has been suggested that circulating Paraoxonase-1 (PON1) and apolipoprotein A1 (APOA1), which closely interacts with the antioxidant enzyme, could be implicated in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and vascular dementia (VaD) development. This study aimed to evaluate PON1 changes in serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) as evidence for its association with AD or VaD. Methods: Serum PON-arylesterase activity was measured in patients with AD, VaD, and CONTROLS distributed in two cohorts: Ferrara cohort (FC: n = 503, age = 74 years) and Amsterdam Dementia cohort (ADC: n = 71, age = 65 years). In the last cohort, CSF PONarylesterase, CSF β-amyloid1-42, p-tau and t-tau, and imaging biomarkers were also measured. Results: AD and VaD patients of FC showed significantly lower levels of serum PON-arylesterase compared to CONTROLS, but this outcome was driven by older subjects (>71 years, p < 0.0001). In the younger ADC, a similar decreasing (but not significant) trend was observed in serum and CSF. Intriguingly, PON-arylesterase per APOA1 correlated with t-tau in AD group (r = -0.485, p = 0.002). Conclusion: These results suggest that decreased peripheral PON-arylesterase might be a specific feature of older AD/VaD patients. Moreover, we showed that PON-arylesterase/APOA1 is inversely related to neurodegeneration in AD patients, suggesting a prognostic usefulness of this composite parameter.

Original languageEnglish
Article number456
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2020


  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Arylesterase activity
  • Vascular dementia
  • paraoxonase-1

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