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The presenilin (PS)/gamma-secretase complex, which contains not only PS but also Aph-1, PEN-2, and nicastrin, mediates proteolysis of the transmembrane domain of beta-amyloid protein precursor (betaAPP). Intramembrane proteolysis occurs at the interface between the membrane and cytosol (epsilon-site) and near the middle of the transmembrane domain(More)
Surrogate markers for the Alzheimer disease (AD)-associated 42-amino acid form of amyloid-beta (Abeta42) have been sought because they may aid in the diagnosis of AD and for clarification of disease pathogenesis. Here, we demonstrate that human cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) contains three APLP1-derived Abeta-like peptides (APL1beta) that are generated by beta-(More)
Intramembrane proteolysis by presenilin-dependent gamma-secretase produces the Notch intracellular cytoplasmic domain (NCID) and Alzheimer disease-associated amyloid-beta. Here, we show that upon Notch signaling the intracellular domain of Notch-1 is cleaved into two distinct types of NICD species due to diversity in the site of S3 cleavage. Consistent with(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) -γ agonist, which is an anti-diabetes drug and reduces expression of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, reported to have the effects for anti-inflammation in our body. In cardiovascular fields, this PPAR-γ agonist already reported to suppress progression of coronary atherosclerosis.(More)
Deciphering the mechanism by which the relative Aβ42(43) to total Aβ ratio is regulated is central to understanding Alzheimer disease (AD) etiology; however, the mechanisms underlying changes in the Aβ42(43) ratio caused by familial mutations and γ-secretase modulators (GSMs) are unclear. Here, we show in vitro and in living cells that presenilin(More)
The solution structure of the N-terminal domain of the actin-severing protein villin has been determined by multidimensional heteronuclear resonance spectroscopy. Villin is a member of a family of actin-severing proteins that regulate the organization of actin in the eukaryotic cytoskeleton. Members of this family are built from 3 or 6 homologous repeats of(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Following extracellular shedding, transmembrane domains (TMs) of beta-amyloid precursor protein (betaAPP) and Notch-1 undergo proteolysis by presenilin (PS)/gamma-secretase at least at two sites, near the middle of the TM (gamma-/S4 cleavage) and at the interface between cytosol and the TM (epsilon-/S3 cleavage), releasing Alzheimer disease(More)
AIMS Excessive vascular remodelling leads to progression of a wide range of vasculopathies, and the immune response to intimal injuries is crucial in this process. This vascular remodelling occurs in the hypoxic microenvironment and is closely related to the immune system. Macrophages play a key role in immunological-cell-mediated arterial remodelling. In(More)
AIM Ezetimibe, an inhibitor of cholesterol intestinal absorption, is a lipid lowering agent. However, anti-atherogenic effects of ezetimibe have not been fully elucidated. Therefore, the objective in this study was to clarify the vascular protective effects of ezetimibe in patients with hypercholesterolemia. METHODS Ezetimibe was administered to 20(More)
BACKGROUND During intramembrane proteolysis of β-amyloid protein precursor (βAPP) by presenilin (PS)/γ-secretase, ε-cleavages at the membrane-cytoplasmic border precede γ-cleavages at the middle of the transmembrane domain. Generation ratios of Aβ42, a critical molecule for Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis, and the major Aβ40 species might be(More)