Journal article

Nicastrin expression in mouse peripheral tissues is not co-ordinated with presenilin and is high in muscle

NT Ilaya, G Evin, CL Masters, JG Culvenor

JOURNAL OF NEUROCHEMISTRY | WILEY | Published : 2004

Abstract

Nicastrin was the first binding partner of presenilin (PS) shown to be a critical component of the presenilin/gamma-secretase complex essential in development and differentiation, and in generation of Alzheimer's disease Abeta amyloid peptide. To investigate the function of this glycoprotein, we compared nicastrin and presenilin protein expression in various mouse tissues. Western blot analysis of PS1, PS2 and nicastrin indicates their expression levels are not coordinated. In adult mouse, nicastrin is highly expressed in muscle membranes, whereas presenilin levels are very low. By Blue Native electrophoresis, a PS1 complex of 400 kDa was detected in lung, brain, thymus and heart; nicastrin ..

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