piracetam use in Alzheimer’s

A pharmacogenomic approach to Alzheimer’s disease.

Cacabelos R, Alvarez A, Fenandez-Novoa L, Lombardi VR.

EuroEspes Biomedical Research Center,
Institute for CNS Disorders, La Coruna, Spain.
Acta Neurol Scand Suppl 2000;176:12-9


Single nucleotide polymorphisms (susceptibility genetics) and genomic point mutations (mendelian genetics) can be used in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) for diagnostic, predictive and therapeutic purposes. Using a matrix genetic model, including APOE, PS1 and PS2 allelic variants, we have studied the distribution of 36 different genotypes in the AD population (N= 479) and the genotype-related cognitive response to a multi-factorial therapy in AD patients with mild-to-moderate dementia. The 10 most frequent AD genotypes are the following: 1) E33P112P2 + (17.75%), 2) E33P112P2- (15.55%), 3) E33P111P2+ (10.85%), 4) E34P112P2+ (9.60%), 5) E34P112P2- (7.56%), 6) E33P111P2- (7.10%), 7) E34P111P2+ (4.80%), 8) E33P122P2+ (4.38%), 9) E34P111P2- (4.18%), and 10) E34P122P2+ (3.55%). APOE-4/4-related genotypes represent less than 3% in the following order: E44P112P2 + > E44P111P2+ = E44P111P2- > E44P112P2+ > E44P122P2+ = E44P122P2. Multi-factorial therapy with CDP-choline (1,000 mg /day) + piracetam (2,400 mg/day) + anapsos (360 mg/day) did improve mental performance during the first 6-15 months in a genotype-specific fashion. The best responders in the APOE series were patients with APOE-3/4 genotype (r= +0.013), while the worst responders were APOE-4/4 patients (r= -0.93). PS1-related genotypes responded in a similar manner; and patients with a defective PS2 gene exon 5 (PS2+) always showed a poorer therapeutic response than PS2- patients. All these data suggest that the therapeutic outcome in AD exhibits a genotype-specific pattern, and that a pharmacogenomic approach to AD might be a valuable strategy for drug development and monitoring.