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Although extensive data support a central pathogenic role for amyloid beta protein (Abeta) in Alzheimer's disease, the amyloid hypothesis remains controversial, in part because a specific neurotoxic species of Abeta and the nature of its effects on synaptic function have not been defined in vivo. Here we report that natural oligomers of human Abeta are(More)
Accumulation of the amyloid-beta protein (Abeta) in the cerebral cortex is an early and invariant event in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. The final step in the generation of Abeta from the beta-amyloid precursor protein is an apparently intramembranous proteolysis by the elusive gamma-secretase(s). The most common cause of familial Alzheimer's(More)
Constitutive NOTCH signaling in lymphoid progenitors promotes the development of immature T-cell lymphoblastic neoplasms (T-ALLs). Although it is clear that Notch signaling can initiate leukemogenesis, it has not previously been established whether continued NOTCH signaling is required to maintain T-ALL growth. We demonstrate here that the blockade of Notch(More)
Presenilins mediate an unusual intramembranous proteolytic activity known as gamma-secretase, two substrates of which are the Notch receptor (Notch) and the beta-amyloid precursor protein (APP). Gamma-secretase-mediated cleavage of APP, like that of Notch, yields an intracellular fragment [APP intracellular domain (AICD)] that forms a transcriptively active(More)
Human acute T-cell lymphoblastic leukemias and lymphomas (T-ALL) are commonly associated with gain-of-function mutations in Notch1 that contribute to T-ALL induction and maintenance. Starting from an expression-profiling screen, we identified c-myc as a direct target of Notch1 in Notch-dependent T-ALL cell lines, in which Notch accounts for the majority of(More)
Signaling from the Notch (N) receptor is essential for proper cell-fate determinations and tissue patterning in all metazoans. N signaling requires a presenilin (PS)-dependent transmembrane-cleaving activity that is closely related or identical to the gamma-secretase proteolysis of the amyloid-beta precursor protein (APP) involved in Alzheimer's disease(More)
More than 100 missense mutations in presenilin 1 and 2 are associated with early-onset dominant Alzheimer disease. These proteins span the membrane several times and are ostensibly the catalytic component of the gamma-secretase complex, which is responsible for producing the amyloid beta-peptide (Abeta) that deposits in the Alzheimer brain. A common outcome(More)