Aberrant interhemispheric functional connectivity within default mode network and its relationships with neurocognitive features in cognitively normal APOE ϵ 4 elderly carriers

  • CHENG, Sheung-Tak 鄭相德 (CoI)
  • LU, Hanna (PI)
  • MA, Suk Ling (CoI)
  • WONG, Savio Wai Ho (CoI)
  • TAM, Cindy W. C. (CoI)
  • CHAN, Sandra S. M. (CoI)
  • Lam, Linda C. W. (CoI)

Project: Research project

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Background: Default mode network (DMN) is vulnerable to the effects of APOE genotype. Given the reduced brain volumes and APOE ϵ 4-related brain changes in elderly carriers, it is less known that whether these changes would influence the functional connectivity and to what extent. This study aimed to examine the functional connectivity within DMN, and its diagnostic value with age-related morphometric alterations considered. Methods: Whole brain and seed-based resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) analysis were conducted in cognitively normal APOE ϵ 4 carriers and matched non-carriers (N=38). The absolute values of mean correlation coefficients (z-values) were used as a measure of functional connectivity strength (FCS) between DMN subregions, which were also used to estimate their diagnostic value by receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curves. Results: APOE ϵ 4 carriers demonstrated decreased interhemispheric FCS, particularly between right hippocampal formation (R.HF) and left inferior parietal lobular (L.IPL) (t=3.487, p
Funding Source: RGC - General Research Fund (GRF)
Effective start/end date01/01/1001/05/17


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • apolipoprotein E
  • default mode network
  • functional connectivity
  • neurocognitive disorder


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