5-Hydroxyindoleacetic acid and homovanillic acid concentrations in cerebrospinal fluid in patients with Alzheimer's disease, depression and mild cognitive impairment.

: In this study we investigated the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) concentrations of 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) and homovanillic acid (HVA) in Alzheimer (AD) patients (n=75), patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI, n=9) and patients with depression (n=7). CSF HVA was significantly elevated in AD with depression (Geriatric Depression Scale, 15 point version GDS>5) in comparison to AD without depression (p<0.05, ANOVA) and CSF HVA showed a significant positive correlation with the GDS score of AD-patients (p=0.03, Spearman Rho: 0.38, Spearman Rank Correlation). In the group of AD patients CSF 5-HIAA was positively correlated with cerebrospinal fluid beta-amyloid 1-42 (Abeta42), p<0.05, Spearman Rho: 0.3, Spearman Rank Correlation, but not with CSF tau. Additionally, there was a significant positive correlation between cerebrospinal fluid 5-HIAA and HVA in the group of AD patients (p<0.0001, Rho: 0.47, Spearman Rank correlation). Neither 5-HIAA nor HVA in CSF could differentiate between mild cognitive impairment, depression and AD. The results of this study support the hypothesis that the serotonergic system plays a role in the course of AD. They further suggest an important role of dopamine metabolism in depression within AD patients.

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