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5- and 8-fold increases of cortical Ap40 and AP42, respectively. Cholinergic deafferentation may be one factor that can contribute to Ap deposition. The reason for this is unknown. Longer survival periods may be necessary to allow the development of profuse neuropil deposits. , 1996). The potency of Ap as a cholinergic neuromodulator suggests that it is a very potent inhibitor of ACh release.
1998). The level of 24S-hydroxy-cholesterol, a major product of brain cholesterol metabolism, is elevated in plasma of patients with AD (2000). In contrast, patients with advanced AD seem to have low levels of 24S-hydroxycholestero1. The sterol is produced from brain cholesterol through the action of CYP46, a neuronal oxidative enzyme. It is possible that high levels of 24S-hydroxycholesterol reflect marked neurodegeneration or increased activity of CYP46. , 2001). , 1998). , 2000). , 2003). , 2003).
5 Psychiatric manifestations Psychiatric manifestations are common in AD and occur in almost all patients at some point in their illness (Tariot & Blazina, 1993). Agitation becomes increasingly common as the illness advances and is a frequent precipitant of nursing home placement. , 1999). In later stages, AD may lead to negative behavioral changes that include mood, anxiety and agitation as well as severe deterioration in learning and memory. Apathy is a feature of depression but it may also be found in AD without depression.