Brain lipidomes of subcortical ischemic vascular dementia and mixed dementia

Neurobiol Aging. 2014 Oct;35(10):2369-81. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2014.02.025. Epub 2014 Mar 1.


Despite its importance as the leading cause of vascular dementia, the primary pathogenic mechanisms in subcortical ischemic vascular dementia (SIVD) have remained elusive. Because of the lack of approved therapeutic agents for SIVD, there is a pressing need to identify novel therapeutic targets. Comparative lipidomic analyses of SIVD and mixed dementia (i.e., SIVD and Alzheimer's disease, MixD) may also confer new insights pertaining to the possible interaction between neurodegenerative and vascular mechanisms in the pathogenesis of dementia. Liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry was used to comprehensively analyze the lipidomes of white and gray matter from the temporal cortex of nondemented controls, SIVD, and MixD subjects. Detailed molecular profiles highlighted the pathologic relevance of gray matter sphingolipid fatty acyl chain heterogeneity in dementia. In addition, the levels of sulfatides and lysobisphosphatidic acids were progressively increased in the temporal cortex gray matter from control to SIVD to MixD. White matter phospholipid profiles indicated possible adaptive mechanisms (i.e., increased unsaturation) to chronic ischemia in SIVD and elevated membrane degradation in MixD.

Keywords: Alzheimer's disease; Lipidomics; Mass spectrometry; Mixed dementia; Phospholipids; Sphingolipids; Subcortical ischemic vascular dementia.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Brain Ischemia / etiology*
  • Brain Ischemia / metabolism*
  • Brain Ischemia / pathology
  • Chromatography, Liquid
  • Chronic Disease
  • Dementia, Vascular / etiology*
  • Dementia, Vascular / metabolism*
  • Dementia, Vascular / pathology
  • Female
  • Gray Matter / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Lysophospholipids / analysis
  • Male
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Monoglycerides / analysis
  • Phospholipids / analysis*
  • Sphingolipids / analysis*
  • Sulfoglycosphingolipids / analysis
  • Temporal Lobe / metabolism
  • White Matter / metabolism


  • Lysophospholipids
  • Monoglycerides
  • Phospholipids
  • Sphingolipids
  • Sulfoglycosphingolipids
  • bis(monoacylglyceryl)phosphate