Journal article

Presenilin 2 expression in neuronal cells: Induction during differentiation of embryonic carcinoma cells

JG Culvenor, G Evin, MA Gooney, H Wardan, RA Sharples, F Maher, G Reed, A Diehlmann, A Weidemann, K Beyreuther, CL Masters

Experimental Cell Research | ACADEMIC PRESS INC | Published : 2000


Mutations in the presenilin 1 and 2 (PS1 and PS2) genes cause most cases of early onset Alzheimer's disease. The genes encode two homologous multipass membrane proteins. Since the endogenous expression of PS2 has been poorly analyzed to date, we studied PS2 expression and localization in cultured human neuroblastoma cells and mouse neuronal cells. PS2 was mainly detected as a full-length protein of about 52 kDa in these cells and in brain, in contrast to PS1 that is mainly detected as endoproteolytic N-terminal and C-terminal fragments. Using immunofluorescence we found that like PS1, PS2 colocalized with markers of the endoplasmic reticulum-Golgi intermediate compartment, ERGIC-53 and beta-..

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