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Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) supports growth and survival of dopaminergic (DA) neurons. A replication-defective adenoviral (Ad) vector encoding human GDNF injected near the rat substantia nigra was found to protect DA neurons from the progressive degeneration induced by the neurotoxin 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) injected into the(More)
Accumulation of the beta-amyloid peptide (Abeta) in the brain is a major pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD), leading to synaptic dysfunction, neuronal death, and memory impairment. The levels of neprilysin, a major Abeta-degrading enzyme, are decreased in AD brains and during aging. Because neprilysin cleaves Abeta in vivo, its(More)
Because glucocorticoid excess increases neuronal vulnerability, genetic variations in the glucocorticoid system may be related to the risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD). We analyzed single-nucleotide polymorphisms in 10 glucocorticoid-related genes in a population of 814 AD patients and unrelated control subjects. Set-association analysis revealed that a(More)
We have tested the cognitive abilities of young (2.5 months) and middle-aged (14 months) wild-type C57Bl/6J mice in the IntelliCage, which enables automated monitoring of spontaneous and learning behaviour in a homecage-like environment. No differences were observed either in circadian activity or in performance in the novelty-induced exploration test, but(More)
Brain beta-amyloid plaques are principal targets for the development of treatments designed to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Intracranial injections of synthetic beta-amyloid peptide (Abeta(42)) in transgenic mice expressing the Alzheimer's disease-causing Swedish APP double mutations increased neuronal levels of neprilysin, a(More)
We generated defined neuronal loss in hippocampus of genetically identical mice by pilocarpine injections and studied the impact of these seizures on the performance of mice in spatial learning and memory. The numbers of TUNEL-positive degenerating cells paralleled the severity of the seizures. When compared to the numbers found for not-seizured control(More)
Abnormally high concentrations of beta-amyloid peptide (Abeta) and amyloid plaque formation in Alzheimer's disease (AD) may be caused either by increased generation or by decreased degradation of Abeta. Therefore, activation of mechanisms that lower brain Abeta levels is considered valuable for AD therapy. Neuronal upregulation of neprilysin (NEP) in young(More)
Converging evidence links abnormally high brain concentrations of amyloid-beta peptides (Abeta) to the pathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Lowering brain Abeta levels, therefore, is a therapeutic strategy for the treatment of AD. Neuronal neprilysin upregulation led to increased degradation of Abeta, reduced the formation of Abeta-plaques and the(More)
Vitamin E is an important antioxidant that primarily protects cells from damage associated with oxidative stress caused by free radicals. The brain is highly susceptible to oxidative stress, which increases during ageing and is considered a major contributor to neurodegeneration. High plasma vitamin E levels were repeatedly associated with better cognitive(More)
Amyloid beta-peptide (Abeta) containing plaques and neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) are the two major histopathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD). According to the amyloid cascade hypothesis, deposition of Abeta is an initial and essential step in the pathogenesis of AD, and formation of NFT has been proposed to be caused by increased Abeta(More)