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Investigator: Diana Farmer/Aijun Wang (mPI)
Project Title: Engineered Targeted Extracellular Vesicles for Neurovascular Unit Restoration in Brain Organoid Model of Alzheimer’s Disease
Date: June 19, 2022
Request ID: T2215
Aim 1: Generate Ex Vivo Model of Alzheimer’s disease Using Human Brain Organoids Derived from Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Aim 2: Examine preferential neuron uptake, reduced blood-brain barrier permeability, increased angiogenesis, and glial cell modulation by astrocyte-derived extracellular vesicles in human brain organoid model
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Investigator: Alison M. Goate
Project Title: Uncovering the genetic mechanisms of the Chromosome 17q21.31 Tau haplotype on neurodegeneration risk in FTD and PSP
Date: June 16, 2022
Request ID: T2213
Aim 1: Define changes in gene regulatory architecture and expression in FTD-tau.
Aim 2: Characterize the parallel gene regulatory and expression relationships, and FTDassociated Tau phenotypes in 3D assembloids harboring FTD-causing MAPT mutations on both the H1/H1 and H2/H2 backgrounds.
Aim 3: Characterize the functional consequences of key haplotype-associated regulatory (enhancer/repressor) regions containing candidate causal common variants, as well as their effects on rare mutations.
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Investigator: Yanzhuang Wang
Project Title: Golgi Defects as a novel biomarker for the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease
Date: June 12, 2022
Request ID: T2214
Aim 1: Establish cell lines with fluorescently labeled Golgi
Aim 2: Optimize the assay
Aim 3: Test the effect of human AD samples on the Golgi morphology
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Investigator: Owen Ross, PhD
Project Title: Determining the molecular etiology of Pick’s disease
Date: May 13, 2022
Request ID: T2212
Aim 1: To identify and collect samples of brain tissue from pathologically confirmed PiD cases.
Aim 2: Using DNA extracted from these samples, to perform genome-wide genetic assessments associated with Pick’s disease risk, progression, and pathological severity to better understand disease etiology.
Aim 3: To use multi-omic approaches to characterize the transcriptome, proteome, lipidome and metabolome of brain tissue from PiD cases.
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Investigator: Ann McKee, MD
Project Title: The Contribution of Age-Related Tauopathies to Alzheimer’s Disease: ART-AD
Date: April 27, 2022
Request ID: T2211
Aim 1: To determine the frequency of age-related tauopathy among individuals with normal cognition, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia.
Aim 2: To apply information from this project to develop standardized assessment modules for age-related primary tauopathy.
Aim 3: Our long-term goal is for these protocols to be deployed for general use across NIH-funded brain banks.
Aim 4: To digitize and score tissue sections by a panel of neuropathologists expert in neurodegeneration/tauopathy to determine the frequency of age-related tauopathies in each clinical subgroup.

Investigator: Suzanne Schindler
Project Title: Prediction of cognitive decline with plasma p-tau181, p-tau217 and brain MRI
Date: April 21, 2022
Request ID: T2210
Aim 1: We hypothesize that plasma p-tau181 and p-tau217 will distinguish amyloid PET status with a ROC AUC of >0.85.
Aim 2: We hypothesize that plasma p-tau181 and p-tau217, amyloid PET and/or brain MRI* will distinguish cognitively normal from cognitively impaired individuals with a ROC AUC >0.80.
Aim 3: We hypothesize that plasma p-tau181 and p-tau217, amyloid PET and/or brain MRI* will identify cognitively normal individuals who progress to symptomatic AD (MCI or dementia) with a ROC AUC of >0.85.
Aim 4: We hypothesize that plasma p-tau181 and p-tau217, amyloid PET and/or brain MRI* will be significantly associated with cognitive decline (MMSE and PACC) in cognitively normal, amyloid PET positive individuals.

Investigator: Nilufer Ertekin-Taner
Project Title: Centrally-linked Longitudinal pEripheral biomARkers of AD (CLEAR-AD) in multi-ethnic populations
Date: April 12, 2022
Request ID: T2209
Aim 1: Discover brain region and cell-specific molecular signatures of disease, and related endophenotypes, using single nucleus RNAseq (snRNAseq) and bulk tissue profiling of transcriptome, methylome, proteome, lipidome/metabolome data from 5 brain regions.
Aim 2: Identify molecular signatures preserved between brain and blood, using transcriptome, methylome, proteome, lipidome/metabolome data from antemortem blood collected on the same participants studied in Aim 1.
Aim 3: Discover molecular signatures that reflect biological subtypes and temporal progression of AD by performing integrative multi-omics analysis with endophenotypes including local neuropathology and antemortem longitudinal assessments.
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Investigator: Kristine Wylie and Russell Nicholls
Project Title: Exploring the contribution of viral PP2A inhibition to tau pathology in Alzheimer’s disease
Date: April 8, 2022
Request ID: T2208
Aim 1: Compare the prevalence of PP2A inhibiting viruses in tissue in samples obtained from human brains at sites with and without tau pathology
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Investigator: Nilufer Ertekin-Taner
Project Title: Centrally-linked Longitudinal pEripheral biomARkers of AD (CLEAR-AD) in multi-ethnic populations
Date: March 1, 2022
Request ID: T2207
Aim 1: To evaluate the association of blood gene co-expression networks with AD and AD endophenotypes, utilizing RNAseq data generated from African American and Latino American ADRC participants who have donated PAXgene blood RNA tubes.
Aim 2: To evaluate the association of methylation changes with AD and AD endophenotypes, utilizing blood methylome data generated from African American and Latino American ADRC participants included in Aim 1.
Aim 3: To identify blood multi-omics molecular signatures that are strongly associated with AD diagnosis/endophenotypes, by integrating RNAseq and methylome results from Aims 1 and 2, with other available -omics datasets.
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Investigator: Guojun Bu
Project Title: Biology and pathobiology of apoE in aging and Alzheimer’s disease (APOE U19 Core C: Neuropathology Core)
Date: February 16, 2022
Request ID: T2206
Aim 1: Provide postmortem human brain tissue for biochemical and biophysical studies of apoE-lipoprotein particles (Core B) and for multi-omics studies (Core F) to define APOE-, aging-, and sex-dependent effects.
Aim 2: Perform ELISA assays to quantify levels of apoE, Aβ, tau, synaptic markers, glial activation markers, inflammatory cytokines, vascular markers, and other aging- and AD-related molecules in selected brain regions in AD and control brains.
Aim 3: Examine the association of APOE genotype with comorbid pathologies, including Aβ deposits and CAA, non-Alzheimer neuronal and glial tau pathologies, α-synuclein pathology and TDP-43 proteinopathy in AD and control brains.
Aim 4: Investigate neuropathologic phenotypes associated with novel genetic loci that modify APOE risk for AD identified in Project 5.