Cerebrospinal fluid tau levels in neurodegenerative diseases with distinct tau-related pathology

Hiroyuki Arai, Yu ichi Morikawa, Makoto Higuchi, Toshifumi Matsui, Christopher M. Clark, Masakazu Miura, Nobuo Machida, Virginia M.Y. Lee, John Q. Trojanowski, Hidetada Sasaki

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Cerebrospinal fluid tau (CSF-tau) levels were quantified in 8 patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), 6 patients with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), 3 patients with corticobasal degeneration (CBD), and 6 patients with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). The CSF-tau levels were significantly increased in FTD and DLB, but not in PSP and CBD, compared to that previously reported in normal controls. Notably, the CSF-tau level in DLB was as high as that in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Our study suggests that tau may accumulate in the CSF of patients with certain neurodegenerative diseases other than AD and that measurement of CSF-tau may not distinguish AD from DLB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-264
Number of pages3
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jul 18
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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