Functional mannose-binding lectin haplotype variants are associated with Alzheimer's disease

J Alzheimers Dis. 2013;35(1):121-7. doi: 10.3233/JAD-122044.


Mannan-Binding lectin (MBL) is a serum lectin and an important constituent of the innate immune system. Processes linked to the innate immune response have previously been implicated in Alzheimer's disease (AD). MBL is associated with blood vessels in the brain and AD patients demonstrate lower MBL levels in the cerebrospinal fluid compared to controls. We investigated six single nucleotide polymorphisms, linked to MBL deficiency, in the corresponding MBL2 gene in AD patients and controls. Two MBL2 haplotypes, LXP and LYQ, were significantly associated with AD risk (OR = 1.6, p = 0.01 and OR = 1.5, p = 0.02, respectively). The present study is the first investigating MBL2 genotypes and haplotypes in relation to AD. Our findings support that the MBL2 gene impact the disease risk.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Alzheimer Disease / diagnosis
  • Alzheimer Disease / genetics*
  • Female
  • Genetic Association Studies* / methods
  • Genetic Variation / genetics*
  • Genotype
  • Haplotypes / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mannose-Binding Lectin / genetics*
  • Middle Aged
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide / genetics


  • MBL2 protein, human
  • Mannose-Binding Lectin