Journal article

Gender and genetic background effects on brain metal levels in APP transgenic and normal mice: Implications for Alzheimer beta-amyloid pathology

Christa J Maynard, Roberto Cappai, Irene Volitakis, Robert A Cherny, Colin L Masters, Qiao-Xin Li, Ashley I Bush

JOURNAL OF INORGANIC BIOCHEMISTRY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2006

Abstract

The incidence of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is greater in women than men at any age, as is the development of amyloid pathology in several transgenic mouse models of AD. Due to the involvement of metals in AD pathogenesis, variations between the sexes in metal metabolism may contribute to the sex difference in AD risk. In this study, we investigated sex differences in brain metal levels across the lifespan in mice of two different background strains, as well as in mice overexpressing the human amyloid precursor protein (APP) and amyloid-beta protein (Abeta). We demonstrate consistently lower Cu and higher Mn levels in females compared with males at any age studied. The sex differences in Cu an..

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