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Cell degeneration in Alzheimer's disease is mediated by a toxic mechanism that involves interaction of the AbetaP peptide with the plasma membrane of the target cell. We report here that PC12 cells become resistant to the cytotoxic action of AbetaP when incubated in a medium that enriches cholesterol levels of the surface membrane. On the other hand, making(More)
Heat shock proteins play a major role in the process of protein folding, and they have been termed molecular chaperones. Two members of the Hsp70 family, Hsc70 and Hsp70, have a high degree of sequence homology. But they differ in their expression pattern. Hsc70 is constitutively expressed, whereas Hsp70 is stress inducible. These 2 proteins are localized(More)
Heat shock proteins (hsps) are involved in multiple cellular processes during normal and stress conditions, particularly in the folding of polypeptides. A newly recognized property of the members of the Hsp70 family is their ability to interact with lipids, opening ion conductance pathways in artificial membranes, and integrating into natural membranes. The(More)
To compare both the peptide molecular self-aggregation and the interaction with membrane lipids of the Alzheimer's amyloid beta (Abeta)40, Abeta42 peptides, and the cytotoxic peptides human amylin and prion (106-126) peptides, we applied a liposome aggregation technology. The kinetics of the changes in the optical density (DeltaOD) of liposome suspensions(More)
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