Avid binding of beta A amyloid peptide to its own precursor.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The senile plaque and congophilic angiopathy in brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease contain abnormal extracellular depositions. These depositions have very complex molecular structure, some elements of which have been identified. The most abundant protein in these structures is beta A amyloid peptide, which is produced by proteolytic processing of a larger protein, the amyloid precursor protein. It is not known how plaques and angiopathy are formed. Binding of proteins with the beta A peptide may be critical in this process. Using synthetic beta A peptides we show that the amyloid precursor protein found in cerebrospinal fluid binds beta A peptide with high avidity. Analysis of recombinant amyloid precursor proteins containing deletions of various domains demonstrate that the beta A peptide binds to the amino terminus of its own precursor. A model of plaque assembly is presented.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Strittmatter, WJ; Huang, DY; Bhasin, R; Roses, AD; Goldgaber, D

Published Date

  • August 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 122 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 327 - 334

PubMed ID

  • 8405269

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0014-4886

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1006/exnr.1993.1132


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States