Alzheimer's Disease (AD) in elderly adds substantially to socio-economic burden necessitating early diagnosis. While recent studies in rodent models of AD have suggested diagnostic and therapeutic value for gamma rhythms in brain, the same has not been rigorously tested in humans. In this case-control study, we recruited a large population (N=244; 106 females) of elderly (>49 years) subjects from the community, who viewed large gratings that induced strong gamma oscillations in their electroencephalogram (EEG). These subjects were classified as healthy (N=227), mild-cognitively-impaired (MCI; N=12) or AD (N=5) based on clinical history and Clinical Dementia Rating scores. Surprisingly, stimulus-induced gamma rhythms, but not alpha or steady-state visually evoked responses, were significantly lower in MCI/AD subjects compared to their age and gender matched controls. This reduction was not due to differences in eye-movements or baseline power. Our results suggest that gamma could be used as potential screening tool for MCI/AD in humans.
All spectral analyses were performed using Chronux toolbox (version 2.10), available at http://chronux.org. Relevant data and codes are available at the following GitHub repository: https://github.com/supratimray/TLSAEEGProjectPrograms.
- Naren Prahalada Rao
- Supratim Ray
- Supratim Ray
- Supratim Ray
- Supratim Ray
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
Human subjects: We obtained informed consent from all participants before the experiment. The Institute Human Ethics Committees of Indian Institute of Science (IHEC numbers: original: 22/2014, revised: 7-15092017), NIMHANS, and M S Ramaiah Hospital, Bangalore approved all procedures.
- Martin Vinck, Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society, Germany
© 2021, Murty et al.
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This work was supported in part by Lester and Sue Smith Foundation and The Samrick Family Foundation and NIH grants R21 AG060338 (SE and MKG), U01 DK119085 (IP, RS, MTC).