Katie Bourne

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Secreted amyloid precursor protein-alpha (sAPP alpha) levels are reduced during the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease, but the significance of this for neural function is not well understood. Here, we show that intrahippocampal infusion of antibodies targeted to endogenous sAPP alpha reduced long-term potentiation (LTP) in the dentate gyrus of adult rats(More)
Secreted amyloid precursor protein-alpha (sAPPalpha) is a neuroprotective and neurotrophic protein derived from the parent APP molecule. We have shown that sAPPalpha enhances long-term potentiation in vivo and can restore spatial memory in rats whose endogenous sAPPalpha production is impaired. These observations imply that the reduction of sAPPalpha levels(More)
The secreted fragment of the amyloid precursor protein (sAPPalpha) generated following cleavage by alpha-secretase is an important mediator of cell function and is both neurotrophic and neuroprotective. HEK 293T cells have been stably integrated with a fragment of the APP gene to produce and secrete either sAPPalpha, or the alternative cleavage product(More)
Differential processing of the amyloid precursor protein liberates either amyloid-ß, a causative agent of Alzheimer’s disease, or secreted amyloid precursor protein-alpha (sAPPα), which promotes neuroprotection, neurotrophism, neurogenesis and synaptic plasticity. The underlying molecular mechanisms recruited by sAPPα that underpin these considerable(More)
Introduction Although there are examples of individuals living for a century and more with little decline in brain function, many others are not so fortunate and are affl icted with debilitating disorders like Alzheimer’s disease (AD) even by the age of 65 years. It is projected that by 2050 there will be a 106 million people affected worldwide with this(More)
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