Eva G. Zinser

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Amyloid beta peptide (Abeta) has a key role in the pathological process of Alzheimer's disease (AD), but the physiological function of Abeta and of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) is unknown. Recently, it was shown that APP processing is sensitive to cholesterol and other lipids. Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA reductase (HMGR) and sphingomyelinases (SMases)(More)
Gangliosides are important players for controlling neuronal function and are directly involved in AD pathology. They are among the most potent stimulators of Aβ production, are enriched in amyloid plaques and bind amyloid beta (Aβ). However, the molecular mechanisms linking gangliosides with AD are unknown. Here we identified the previously unknown function(More)
The pathology of Alzheimer's disease is closely connected with lipid metabolism. Processing of amyloid precursor protein (APP) is sensitive to membrane alterations in levels of cholesterol and gangliosides. As cholesterol and gangliosides are major components of rafts and BACE I and gamma-secretase are supposed to be localized to rafts there might be a yet(More)
Lipids play an important part as risk or protective factors for Alzheimer's disease. This review summarizes the current findings in which lipids influence Alzheimer's disease and introduces the molecular mechanism how these lipids are linked to amyloid production. Besides the pathological impact of amyloid in Alzheimer's disease, amyloid has a physiological(More)
BACKGROUND Gangliosides were found to be associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Here we addressed a potential function of γ-secretase (presenilin) dependent cleavage of the amyloid-precursor-protein (APP) in the regulation of ganglioside de novo synthesis. METHODS To identify a potential role of γ-secretase and APP in ganglioside de novo synthesis we(More)
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