Alzheimer's risk associated with human apolipoprotein E, alpha-2 macroglobulin and lipoprotein receptor related protein polymorphisms: absence of genetic interactions, and modulation by gender

Neurosci Lett. 2000 Aug 11;289(3):213-6. doi: 10.1016/s0304-3940(00)01304-5.


Apolipoprotein E (apoE), the lipoprotein receptor related protein (LRP) and alpha-2 macroglobulin (alpha2M) have been proposed as a functional complex involved in amyloid clearance, a crucial event for Alzheimer's disease development. In this work, we present an epidemiological approach aimed to study the interactions among these genes, age and gender. This approach did not reveal significant associations between the genes; however, the present study indicated that the risk associated with APOE promoter and LRP gene polymorphisms is modulated by gender.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Alzheimer Disease / genetics*
  • Apolipoproteins E / genetics*
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Low Density Lipoprotein Receptor-Related Protein-1
  • Male
  • Polymorphism, Genetic / genetics*
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic / genetics
  • Receptors, Immunologic / genetics
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Factors
  • alpha-Macroglobulins / genetics*


  • Apolipoproteins E
  • Low Density Lipoprotein Receptor-Related Protein-1
  • Receptors, Immunologic
  • alpha-Macroglobulins