Allelic mRNA Expression of Sortilin-1 (SORL1) mRNA in Alzheimer's Autopsy Brain Tissues
Polymorphisms in the gene encoding SORL1, involved in cellular trafficking of APP, have been implicated in late-onset Alzheimer's disease, by a mechanism thought to affect mRNA expression. To search for regulatory polymorphisms, we have measured allele-specific mRNA expression of SORL1 in human autopsy tissues from the prefrontal cortex of 26 Alzheimer's patients, and 51 controls, using two synonymous marker SNPs (rs3824968 in exon 34 (11 heterozygous AD subjects and 16 controls), and rs12364988 in exon 6 (8 heterozygous AD subjects)). Significant allelic expression imbalance (AEI), indicative of the presence of cis-acting regulatory factors, was detected in a single control subject, while allelic ratios were near unity for all other subjects. We genotyped 7 SNPs in two haplotype blocks that had previously been implicated in Alzheimer's disease. Since each of these SNPs was heterozygous in several subjects lacking AEI, this study fails to support a regulatory role for SORL1 polymorphisms in mRNA expression.
Alachkar, Houda; Kataki, Maria; Scharre, Douglas W.; Papp, Audrey; and Sadee, Wolfgang. 2008. Allelic mRNA Expression of Sortilin-1 (SORL1) mRNA in Alzheimer's Autopsy Brain Tissues. Neuroscience Letters. Vol.448(1). 120-124. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neulet.2008.10.034 PMID: 18938222 ISSN: 0304-3940