Journal article

Oxidative processes in Alzheimer's disease: the role of A beta-metal interactions

T Lynch, RA Cherny, AI Bush

Experimental Gerontology | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2000


Alzheimer's disease is characterized by signs of a major oxidative stress in the neocortex and the concomitant deposition of Amyloid beta (Abeta). Abeta is a metalloprotein that binds copper, and is electrochemically active. Abeta converts molecular oxygen into hydrogen peroxide by reducing copper or iron, and this may lead to Fenton chemistry. Hydrogen peroxide is a freely permeable prooxidant that may be responsible for many of the oxidative adducts that form in the Alzheimer-affected brain. The electrochemical activity of various Abeta species correlates with the peptides' neurotoxicity in cell culture, and participation in the neuropathology of Alzheimer's disease. These reactions presen..

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