Inhibition of c-Jun kinase provides neuroprotection in a model of Alzheimer's disease.


Journal Article

The c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) pathway potentially links together the three major pathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD): development of amyloid plaques, neurofibrillary tangles, and brain atrophy. As activation of the JNK pathway has been observed in amyloid models of AD in association with peri-plaque regions and neuritic dystrophy, as we confirm here for Tg2576/PS(M146L) transgenic mice, we directly tested whether JNK inhibition could provide neuroprotection in a novel brain slice model for amyloid precursor protein (APP)-induced neurodegeneration. We found that APP/amyloid beta (Abeta)-induced neurodegeneration is blocked by both small molecule and peptide inhibitors of JNK, and provide evidence that this neuroprotection occurs downstream of APP/Abeta production and processing. Our findings demonstrate that Abeta can induce neurodegeneration, at least in part, through the JNK pathway and suggest that inhibition of JNK may be of therapeutic utility in the treatment of AD.

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Cited Authors

  • Braithwaite, SP; Schmid, RS; He, DN; Sung, M-LA; Cho, S; Resnick, L; Monaghan, MM; Hirst, WD; Essrich, C; Reinhart, PH; Lo, DC

Published Date

  • September 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 311 - 317

PubMed ID

  • 20451607

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20451607

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-953X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0969-9961

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.nbd.2010.04.015


  • eng