Display Settings:


Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Nucl Med. 2009 Sep;50(9):1464-70. doi: 10.2967/jnumed.109.064360. Epub 2009 Aug 18.

Relationship of cerebrospinal fluid markers to 11C-PiB and 18F-FDDNP binding.

Author information

  • 1Departments of Nuclear Medicine and PET Research, VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. ntolboom@vumc.nl


The purpose of this study was to investigate the potential relationships between cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) measurements of beta-amyloid-1-42 (Abeta(1-42)) and total tau to (11)C-Pittsburgh compound B ((11)C-PiB) and 2-(1-{6-[(2-(18)F-fluoroethyl)(methyl)amino]-2-naphthyl}ethylidene) malononitrile ((18)F-FDDNP) binding as measured using PET.


A total of 37 subjects were included, consisting of 15 patients with Alzheimer disease (AD), 12 patients with mild cognitive impairment, and 10 healthy controls. All subjects underwent a lumbar puncture and PET using both (11)C-PiB and (18)F-FDDNP. For both PET tracers, parametric images of binding potential were generated. Potential associations of CSF levels of Abeta(1-42) and tau with (11)C-PiB and (18)F-FDDNP binding were assessed using Pearson correlation coefficients and linear regression analyses.


For both global (11)C-PiB and (18)F-FDDNP binding, significant correlations with CSF levels of Abeta(1-42) (r = -0.72 and -0.37, respectively) and tau (r = 0.58 and 0.56, respectively) were found across groups (all P < 0.001, except P < 0.05 for correlation between (18)F-FDDNP and Abeta(1-42)). Linear regression analyses showed that, adjusted for regional volume, age, sex, and diagnosis, global (11)C-PiB uptake had an inverse association with Abeta(1-42) CSF levels (standardized beta = -0.50, P < 0.001), whereas there was a positive association between global (18)F-FDDNP binding and tau CSF levels (standardized beta = 0.62, P < 0.01).


The good agreement between these 2 different types of biomarkers (i.e., CSF and PET) provides converging evidence for their validity. The inverse association between (11)C-PiB and CSF tau Abeta(1-42) confirms that (11)C-PiB measures amyloid load in the brain. The positive association between (18)F-FDDNP and CSF tau suggests that at least part of the specific signal of (18)F-FDDNP in AD patients is due to tangle formation.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk