Steffi Chang

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Here we employed human SHEP neuroblastoma cells either stably or inducibly expressing the amyloid precursor protein (APP) intracellular domain (AICD) to investigate its ability to modulate stress-induced cell death. Analysis of effector caspase activation revealed that AICD overexpression was specifically associated with an increased sensitivity to(More)
Impaired proteasomal function is a major hallmark in the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease (AD). Here we investigated the biological properties of the secreted cleavage product of APP (sAPPalpha) in antagonizing stress signalling, dendritic degeneration and neuronal cell death induced by the proteasome inhibitor(More)
The fluidity of neuronal membranes plays a pivotal role in brain aging and neurodegeneration. In this study, we investigated the role of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in modulation of membrane fluidity, APP processing, and protection from cytotoxic stress. To this end, we applied unilamellar transfer liposomes, which provided protection(More)
Background The amyloid precursor protein (APP) is processed via two different metabolic pathways: the amyloidogenic and the non-amyloidogenic pathway, the latter of which leading to generation of the secreted N-terminal APP fragment sAPPa [1]. Previous studies from our group suggest that sAPPa exerts potent neuroprotective effects and inhibits(More)
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