Relationships between morphological types of plaque in Alzheimer’s disease as revealed in silver and immunostained preparations

Richard A. Armstrong

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to determine the possible relationships between the morphological types of plaque revealed in silver and immunostained sections of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) tissue. The density of cored and uncored senile plaques in Glees and Marsland preparations, and of diffuse, primitive, classic and compact beta/A4 deposits in immunostained preparations were estimated. A principal components analysis (PCA) of the data suggested that three uncorrelated principal components accounted for 80% of the variation in lesion density in the tissues. This suggested that thee processes lead independently to the formation of: (1) the uncored Glees plaques; (2) the primitive beta/A4 deposits and most of the classic beta/A4 deposits and (3) the compact beta/A4 deposits and the remaining classic deposits. Hence, the uncored plaques revealed by the Glees stain and the primitive beta/A4 deposits represented distinct plaque populations. In addition, the classic beta/A4 deposits did not appear to represent a uniform plaque population but to originate from at least two pathological processes. The uncored Glees plaques appeared to the only plaque population closely related to the diffuse beta/A4 deposits.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-266
Number of pages8
JournalExperimental Neurology
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 1993

Keywords

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • senile plaques
  • beta/A4 deposits
  • immunostain
  • principal components analysis

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