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Noradrenergic-dependent functions are associated with age-related locus coeruleus signal intensity differences

Liu, KY; Kievit, RA; Tsvetanov, KA; Betts, MJ; Düzel, E; Rowe, JB; Cam-CAN, ; ... Hämmerer, D; + view all (2020) Noradrenergic-dependent functions are associated with age-related locus coeruleus signal intensity differences. Nature Communications , 11 , Article 1712. 10.1038/s41467-020-15410-w. Green open access

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Abstract

The locus coeruleus (LC), the origin of noradrenergic modulation of cognitive and behavioral function, may play an important role healthy ageing and in neurodegenerative conditions. We investigated the functional significance of age-related differences in mean normalized LC signal intensity values (LC-CR) in magnetization-transfer (MT) images from the Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience (Cam-CAN) cohort - an open-access, population-based dataset. Using structural equation modelling, we tested the pre-registered hypothesis that putatively noradrenergic (NA)-dependent functions would be more strongly associated with LC-CR in older versus younger adults. A unidimensional model (within which LC-CR related to a single factor representing all cognitive and behavioral measures) was a better fit with the data than the a priori two-factor model (within which LC-CR related to separate NAdependent and NA-independent factors). Our findings support the concept that age-related reduction of LC structural integrity is associated with impaired cognitive and behavioral function

Type: Article
Title: Noradrenergic-dependent functions are associated with age-related locus coeruleus signal intensity differences
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-15410-w
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-15410-w
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10094890
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