Relationship between Lipoprotein (a) and cognitive function – Results from the Berlin Aging Study II

Franziska Röhr, Nina Bucholtz, Sarah Toepfer, Kristina Norman, Dominik Spira, Elisabeth Steinhagen-Thiessen, Christina M. Lill, Lars Bertram, Ilja Demuth*, Nikolaus Buchmann, Sandra Düzel

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It has been suggested that an age-related loss of cognitive function might be driven by atherosclerotic effects associated with altered lipid patterns. However, the relationship between Lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)] and healthy cognitive aging has not yet been sufficiently investigated. For the current analysis we used the cross-sectional data of 1,380 Berlin Aging Study II (BASE-II) participants aged 60 years and older (52.2% women, mean age 68 ± 4 years). We employed the Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer’s Disease (CERAD)-Plus test battery to establish latent factors representing continuous measures of domain specific cognitive functions. Regression models adjusted for APOE genotypes, lipid parameters and other risk factors for cognitive impairment were applied to assess the association between Lp(a) and performance in specific cognitive domains. Men within the lowest Lp(a)-quintile showed better cognitive performance in the cognitive domain executive functions and processing speed (p = 0.027). No significant results were observed in women. The results of the current analysis of predominantly healthy BASE-II participants point towards an association between low Lp(a) concentrations and better cognitive performance. However, evidence for this relationship resulting from the current analysis and the employment of a differentiated cognitive assessment is rather weak.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10636
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2020

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