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Appreciation of the role that inflammatory mediators play in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis continues to be hampered by two related misconceptions. The first is that to be pathogenically significant a neurodegenerative mechanism must be primary. The second is that inflammation merely occurs to clear the detritis of already existent pathology. The(More)
We have characterized amyloid beta peptide (Abeta) concentration, Abeta deposition, paired helical filament formation, cerebrovascular amyloid angiopathy, apolipoprotein E (ApoE) allotype, and synaptophysin concentration in entorhinal cortex and superior frontal gyrus of normal elderly control (ND) patients, Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients, and high(More)
We evaluated entorhinal cortex and superior frontal gyrus for hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology, including inflammation, in three patient sets: AD patients, nondemented elderly patients with few or no neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) and amyloid beta peptide (A beta) deposits, i.e. normal controls (NC), and nondemented elderly patients with(More)
Metabolomics is the methodology that identifies and measures global pools of small molecules (of less than about 1,000 Da) of a biological sample, which are collectively called the metabolome. Metabolomics can therefore reveal the metabolic outcome of a genetic or environmental perturbation of a metabolic regulatory network, and thus provide insights into(More)
Receptor-mediated interactions with amyloid beta-peptide (Abeta) could be important in the evolution of the inflammatory processes and cellular dysfunction that are prominent in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology. One candidate receptor is the receptor for advanced glycation endproducts (RAGE), which can bind Abeta and transduce signals leading to cellular(More)
Alzheimer disease (AD) is characterized by excessive deposition of the beta-amyloid peptide (beta-AP) in the central nervous system. Although several lines of evidence suggest that beta-AP is neurotoxic, a mechanism for beta-AP toxicity in AD brain remains unclear. In this paper we provide both direct in vitro evidence that beta-AP can bind and activate the(More)
The membrane attack complex, C5b-9, is of considerable importance in many inflammatory reactions. It is the terminal, cytolytic component of both classical and alternative pathway activation, and its presence presupposes other potentially destructive complement constituents, including anaphylotoxins and opsonins. We have characterized C5b-9 and its C9(More)
We have developed isolated and mixed cultures of microglia, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes from rapid (mean of 2 h 55 min) autopsies of nondemented elderly patients and patients with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis. Cultures were derived from both the corpus callosum (CC) and superior frontal gyrus (SFG). Cultured(More)
Concentrations of C1q, the first subcomponent of the classical complement pathway, were assayed by Western blot analysis of sera and brain homogenates from Alzheimer's disease (AD) and nondemented (ND) control patients. Immunoreactive serum C1q concentrations did not differ in the two groups, whereas AD superior frontal gyrus exhibited nearly 4-fold more(More)
BACKGROUND Correct annotation of function is essential if one is to take full advantage of the vast amounts of genomic sequence data. The accuracy of sequence-based functional annotations is often variable, particularly if the sequence homology to a known function is low. Indeed recent work has shown that even proteins with very high sequence identity can(More)
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