Periodontal Pathogens and Associated Intrathecal Antibodies in Early Stages of Alzheimer's Disease.

Laugisch, Oliver; Johnen, Andreas; Maldonado, Alejandra; Ehmke, Benjamin; Bürgin, Walter; Olsen, Ingar; Potempa, Jan; Sculean, Anton; Duning, Thomas; Eick, Sigrun (2018). Periodontal Pathogens and Associated Intrathecal Antibodies in Early Stages of Alzheimer's Disease. Journal of Alzheimer's disease, 66(1), pp. 105-114. IOS Press 10.3233/JAD-180620

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Recent studies suggest a link between periodontitis and Alzheimer's disease (AD).


Verification of the presence of periodontal pathogens and the intrathecal generation of pathogen-specific antibodies in 20 patients with AD and 20 with other forms of dementia (DEM-noAD).


Clinical periodontal indices were recorded. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was analyzed for total tau protein (T-tau) and amyloid-β (Aβ1-42). In serum and CSF, antibody levels against Porphyromonas gingivalis, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, and Treponema species were quantified. The presence of selected bacteria and inflammatory biomarkers were determined in periodontium, serum, and CSF.


In line with diagnoses, CSF-levels of Aβ1-42 were significantly lower in AD than DEM-noAD patients. Periodontal destruction and inflammation were omnipresent with no difference between groups. P. gingivalis, T. forsythia, and Treponema species were detected in more than 50% of subgingival biofilm samples, but neither in serum nor in the CSF. Elevated levels of anti-pathogen antibodies in CSF of 16 patients (7 AD; 9 DEM-noAD) compared to serum highlight a possibility of the intrathecal immune response to pathogens. There was no significant difference in antibodies levels against selected bacteria in CSF and serum between groups. Multivariate regression analysis and general linear models revealed an association of the T-tau level in AD group with both serum levels of anti-P. gingivalis antibodies and MCP-1/CCL-2.


Periodontal pathogens may enter the brain and stimulate a local immune response. However, in patients with dementia at the age up to 70 years, periodontal pathogens do not act as a trigger for developing AD.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Department of Periodontology
04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Periodontics Research

UniBE Contributor:

Sculean, Anton, Eick, Sigrun


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




IOS Press




Doris Burri

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17 Apr 2019 14:12

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05 Dec 2022 15:25

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Alzheimer’s disease Porphyromonas gingivalis dementia periodontal pathogens periodontitis


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