APOE and immunity: Research highlights

Courtney M. Kloske, Christopher J. Barnum, Andre F. Batista, Elizabeth M. Bradshaw, Adam M. Brickman, Guojun Bu, Jessica Dennison, Mary D. Gearon, Alison M. Goate, Christian Haass, Michael T. Heneka, William T. Hu, Lenique K.L. Huggins, Nahdia S. Jones, Radosveta Koldamova, Cynthia A. Lemere, Shane A. Liddelow, Edoardo Marcora, Samuel E. Marsh, Henrietta M. NielsenKellen K. Petersen, Melissa Petersen, Stefanie D. Piña-Escudero, Wei Qiao Qiu, Yakeel T. Quiroz, Eric Reiman, Claire Sexton, Malú Gámez Tansey, Julia Tcw, Charlotte E. Teunissen, Betty M. Tijms, Rik van der Kant, Rebecca Wallings, Stacie C. Weninger, Whitney Wharton, Donna M. Wilcock, Tyler James Wishard, Susan L. Worley, Henrik Zetterberg, Maria C. Carrillo

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INTRODUCTION: At the Alzheimer's Association's APOE and Immunity virtual conference, held in October 2021, leading neuroscience experts shared recent research advances on and inspiring insights into the various roles that both the apolipoprotein E gene (APOE) and facets of immunity play in neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. METHODS: The meeting brought together more than 1200 registered attendees from 62 different countries, representing the realms of academia and industry. RESULTS: During the 4-day meeting, presenters illuminated aspects of the cross-talk between APOE and immunity, with a focus on the roles of microglia, triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 2 (TREM2), and components of inflammation (e.g., tumor necrosis factor α [TNFα]). DISCUSSION: This manuscript emphasizes the importance of diversity in current and future research and presents an integrated view of innate immune functions in Alzheimer's disease as well as related promising directions in drug development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2677-2696
Number of pages20
JournalAlzheimer's and Dementia
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2023

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© 2023 The Authors. Alzheimer's & Dementia published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Alzheimer's Association.


  • APOE
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • TREM2
  • amyloid beta
  • astrocytes
  • biomarkers
  • dementia
  • inflammation
  • microglia
  • neurodegeneration
  • neuroglia
  • neuroinflammation
  • tau

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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