[Frontiers In Bioscience, Landmark, 23, 2082-2089, June1, 2018]

Role of alpha1-adrenergic receptor antibodies in Alzheimer’s disease

Peter Karczewski1, Petra Hempel1, Marion Bimmler1

1E.R.D.E.-AAK-Diagnostik GmbH, Berlin, Germany


1. Abstract
2. Introduction
3. G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) autoantibodies in dementia
4. Receptor activation by agonistic autoantibodies in patients with Alzheimer’s disease
5. Animal models
6. Clinical findings
7. Conclusions
8. Acknowledgements
9. References


Agonistic autoantibodies (agAAB) for alpha-1 adrenoceptor were found in approx. 50% of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. These antibodies activate the receptor and trigger the signal cascades similarly to how natural agonists do. The agAAB bond to the receptor is persistent and prolonged. This results in a non-physiological elevation of intracellular calcium. An animal model has shown that agAAB causes macrovascular and microvascular impairment in the vessels of the brain. Reduction in blood flow and the density of intact vessels was significantly demonstrated. The agAAB was removed through immunoadsorption in a small cohort of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Subsequent follow-up observations over 12-18 months noted stabilization of cognition levels.


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29. Patent: EP 2742065, USA 9,708,372. Titel: Agonistic autoantibodies to the a1-adrenergic receptor and the ß2-adrenergic receptor in Alzheimer´s and vascular dementia

Key Words: Dementia, Agonistic Autoantibodies, Immunoadsorption, Review

Send correspondence to: Marion Bimmler, E.R.D.E.-AAK-Diagnostik GmbH, Berlin, Germany, Tel: 00493094892227, Fax:00493094892229, E-mail: bimmler@mdc-berlin.de