Andrew D Watt

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The formation of low-order oligomers of β-amyloid (Aβ) within the brain is widely believed to be a central component of Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. However, despite advances in high-throughput and high-resolution techniques such as xMAP and mass spectrometry (MS), investigations into these oligomeric species have remained reliant on(More)
BACKGROUND We evaluated the utility of longitudinal measures of plasma amyloid-β (Aβ) as a means to identify pre-symptomatic cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease (AD) when coupled to neuroimaging and neuropsychological parameters. METHODS Participants from the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle (AIBL) study were grouped based upon cognitive(More)
Reducing amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) burden at the pre-symptomatic stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is currently the advocated clinical strategy for treating this disease. The most developed method for targeting Aβ is the use of monoclonal antibodies including bapineuzumab, solanezumab and crenezumab. We have synthesized these antibodies and used surface(More)
Over the past 100 years, there has been an exponential increase in our understanding of the underlying pathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). This growth in knowledge has largely stemmed from the intensification of research into AD which has occurred over the past three decades and the incorporation of the amyloid cascade hypothesis as the generally(More)
BACKGROUND A practical biomarker is required to facilitate the preclinical diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHODS Plasma amyloid beta (Aβ)1-40, Aβ1-42, Aβn-40, and Aβn-42 peptides were measured at baseline and after 18 months in 771 participants from the Australian Imaging Biomarkers and Lifestyle (AIBL) study of aging. Aβ peptide levels were(More)
Inflammation is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Whether directly involved in the pathogenesis, or a downstream consequence of neuronal death, the blood neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) is reported to be a putative, non-invasive peripheral biomarker for AD. The aim of this study was to re-evaluate the diagnostic utility of longitudinal measures of(More)
BACKGROUND In response to studies suggesting risk of occupational transmission of Helicobacter pylori (HP) to endoscopy staff, this cross-sectional study of seroprevalence to HP in gastroscopy nurses working in West of Scotland hospitals (an area of high endemicity of HP infection) was performed to determine if they were at excess risk relative to peers(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a highly heterogeneous and progressive dementia which is characterised by a progressive decline in cognitive functioning, selective neuronal atrophy, and loss of cortical volume in areas involved in learning and memory. However, recent research has indicated that the AD-affected brain is also besieged by increases in oxidative(More)
Figure Malignant transitional cells in urine. (Haematoxylin and eosin x 62) filters have sometimes become opaque, because of further drying out and air becoming trapped within the pores. Comment This simple modification of the filter technique produces cellular preparations with good preservation of morphological detail unobscured by background staining.(More)
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