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Blood biomarkers for the diagnosis of amnestic mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews | July 7, 2021

Qu Y, Ma YH, Huang YY, Ou YN, Shen XN, Chen SD, Dong Q, Tan L and Yu JT

Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews. 2021;128:479-486



The development of blood-based biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathology as tools for screening the general population is essential, but persists controversies. We aimed to evaluate the effects of AD core pathological biomarkers on blood, and systematical searched Embase, PubMed and Cochrane for eligible studies. Biomarker performance was rated by random-effects meta-analysis based on the ratio of means method and multivariable-adjusted effect estimates. Finally, 150 articles were included, which demonstrated T-tau (average ratio: 1.25–1.62), P-tau 181 (1.36–2.16) and NfL (1.24–1.86) were increased, and AβPPr (0.65−0.88) were decreased from controls to amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) to AD. Furthermore, Aβ42, Aβ42/Aβ40 ratio and P-tau 217 using ultrasensitive platforms also had great diagnostic accuracy from controls to aMCI to AD. Consequently, significantly changes of blood AD core biomarkers were verified in comparison between AD, aMCI and control, supporting biomarkers were strongly valid in identifying AD and aMCI, which provides a new prospect of AD early diagnosis and progressive monitoring.