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Activation of epidermal growth factor receptor by metal-ligand complexes decreases levels of extracellular amyloid beta peptide

Katherine A Price, Gulay Filiz, Aphrodite Caragounis, Tai Du, Katrina M Laughton, Colin L Masters, Robyn A Sharples, Andrew F Hill, Qiao-Xin Li, Paul S Donnelly, Kevin J Barnham, Peter J Crouch, Anthony R White

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIOCHEMISTRY & CELL BIOLOGY | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

The epidermal growth factor receptor is a receptor tyrosine kinase expressed in a range of tissues and cell-types. Activation of the epidermal growth factor receptor by a number of ligands induces downstream signalling that modulates critical cell functions including growth, survival and differentiation. Abnormal epidermal growth factor receptor expression and activation is also involved in a number of cancers. In addition to its cognate ligands, the epidermal growth factor receptor can be activated by metals such as zinc (Zn) and copper (Cu). Due to the important role of these metals in a number of diseases including neurodegenerative disorders, therapeutic approaches are being developed ba..

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