Association of the CD2AP locus with cognitive functioning among middle-aged individuals with a family history of Alzheimer's disease

Sigalit Batia Manzali, Ramit Ravona-Springer, Anna Alkelai, Eric Yu, Ziv Gan-Or, Ithamar Ganmore, Anthony Heymann, Michal Schnaider Beeri, Lior Greenbaum*

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First-degree family history is an established risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD). We investigated the association of late-onset AD risk loci with cognitive functioning among 315 offspring of AD patients. Participants were cognitively normal Jewish individuals, aged 40–65 years, from the Israel Registry for Alzheimer's Prevention (IRAP) study. Twenty-two single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within these loci and the APOE E4 allele were included in the final analyses, and a polygenic risk score was also calculated. Using linear regression (assuming an additive genetic model), we found a significant association only for SNP rs9473117, located near the CD2-associated protein (CD2AP) gene, with global cognition. Controlling for demographic variables (age, sex, years of education, and ancestry), the late-onset AD risk allele C was associated with lower global cognitive functioning (p = 0.0005), and withstood correction for multiple testing. After adjusting for additional characteristics (APOE E4 status and then also for cardiovascular factors), the results remained essentially unchanged (p = 0.0003 and p = 0.0005, respectively). In secondary analyses examining specific cognitive domains, rs9473117 was similarly associated with episodic memory (p = 0.005), language (p = 0.009), and working memory/attention (p = 0.018) but not with executive functions (p = 0.27). Again, the results were similar after adjusting for APOE E4 status and cardiovascular factors. The polygenic risk score was not associated with global cognitive functioning or with any of the 4 domains. In conclusion, our findings suggest a contribution of the CD2AP locus to cognitive functioning in middle-aged individuals with a parental history of AD. Further validations, including in longitudinal studies, are required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-56
Number of pages7
JournalNeurobiology of Aging
StatePublished - May 2021


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • CD2AP
  • Cognition
  • Family history
  • Polygenic risk score
  • Single nucleotide polymorphism


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