Vascular Hypothesis of Alzheimer Disease: Topical Review of Mouse Models

Originally published 25 Feb 2021 | Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology

Getty Images 1277228467


Alzheimer disease (AD) is marked by profound neurodegeneration, neuroinflammation, and cognitive decline. Pathologically, AD is characterized by the accumulation of extracellular amyloid and intraneuronal tangles, consisting of hyperphosphorylated tau. To date, factors leading to disease onset and progression are still an important topic of investigation. Various epidemiological studies revealed cardiovascular disease as an important contributor to the development and progression of AD, leading to the so-called vascular hypothesis. Vascular risk factors, such as hypertension, diabetes, and hyperhomocysteinemia, are associated with a significantly increased chance of developing AD, suggesting an additive or even synergistic effect. These vascular risk factors are often linked to a reduction in cerebral blood flow and the resulting chronic cerebral hypoperfusion is suggested to play a key role in the onset of AD. However, the causal effects of such vascular risk factors for AD onset remain largely unknown.

The complete text of this article may be found at