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Alzheimer's disease, beta-amyloid protein and zinc.

X Huang, MP Cuajungco, CS Atwood, RD Moir, RE Tanzi, AI Bush

Journal of Nutrition | Published : 2000


Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by amyloid deposits within the neocortical parenchyma and the cerebrovasculature. The main component of these predominantly extracellular collections, Abeta, which is normally a soluble component of all biological fluids, is cleaved out of a ubiquitously expressed parent protein, the amyloid protein precursor (APP), one of the type 1 integral membrane glycoproteins. Considerable evidence has indicated that there is zinc dyshomeostasis and abnormal cellular zinc mobilization in AD. We have characterized both APP and Abeta as copper/zinc metalloproteins. Zinc, copper and iron have recently been reported to be concentrated to 0.5 to 1 mmol/L in amyloid ..

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