p-Tau 181

p-Tau 181

Threonine 181 is one of the phosphorylation sites of human tau protein (phospho-tau 181, p-tau 181). Tau is a microtubule-stabilizing protein primarily localized in neurons of the central nervous system but also expressed at low levels in astrocytes and oligodendrocytes. Tau consists of six isoforms in the human brain with molecular weights of 48,000 to 67,000 daltons, depending on isoform. Tau elevation is observed in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients with neurodegenerative disease and severe head injuries, suggesting its extracellular release during neuronal damage and a role as a biomarker with specificity for brain injury. In Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related neurodegenerative diseases, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy, tau is abnormally phosphorylated and aggregated into bundles of filaments. Total tau and phosphorylated tau in CSF are considered “core” AD biomarkers that have been successfully validated by controlled large-scale multi-center studies.  The presence of p-tau 181 in blood has not been well studied.