Angela Piccini

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BACKGROUND Accumulation in the brain of small aggregates of amyloid beta-protein 42 (Abeta42) is the major pathogenic event of Alzheimer disease (AD). In familial early-onset AD this event is likely the result of Abeta42 overproduction; in the most common sporadic late-onset form of the disease the mechanisms of Abeta42 accumulation are unknown. METHODS(More)
We have characterized the interaction between apolipoprotein E (apoE) and amyloid beta peptide (Abeta) in the soluble fraction of the cerebral cortex of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and control subjects. Western blot analysis with specific antibodies identified in both groups a complex composed of the full-length apoE and Abeta peptides ending at residues 40(More)
Some clues suggest that neuronal damage induces a secondary change of amyloid beta protein (Abeta) metabolism. We investigated this possibility by analyzing the secretion of Abeta and processing of its precursor protein (amyloid precursor protein, APP) in an in vitro model of neuronal apoptosis. Primary cultures of rat cerebellar granule neurons were(More)
We report a 44-year-old woman presenting at 33 years with memory loss, followed by progressive dementia. Her family history was negative for dominant genetic disorders at high penetrance. Analysis of presenilin-1 gene revealed a missense mutation at codon 166, leading to the substitution from leucine to histidine. The mutation occurs in the third(More)
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We have recently shown that, in rat cerebellar granule cells, apoptosis triggered by KCl deprivation is associated with an amyloidogenic shift in the processing of amyloid precursor protein (APP) resulting in an increase of amyloid beta-protein (A beta) secretion. To further investigate this issue we studied the relationship between secretion of APP(More)
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